Venessa Arizaga’s love of jewelry grew from her passion for travel. Splitting her time between New York City and her father’s birthplace, the island of Puerto Rico, the contemporary jewelry designer draws inspiration from the duality of these cultures.
On a 2008 trip to Puerto Rico, moved by the natural beauty of the beaches and relaxed island culture Venessa was inspired to start hand-making jewelry from the items she found around her. Using colorful silk threading to weave seashells, natural stones and a mix of her own charms, Venessa created whimsical statement necklaces, each with its own story representing a special moment or event in her life. These witty, mixed media pieces were the impetus to Venessa’s contemporary jewelry brand and the basis for her first full collection, Venessa Arizaga, which she debuted in 2010.
"I like to think of each piece I create as a treasure and a good luck charm, something special to keep close to you to reflect upon good times and evoke your fondest memories"
— Venessa Arizaga