Creativity and jewelry go hand in hand. A jeweler takes time to craft a piece from the inspiration around them, with hopes that the art will translate the same beauty to the buyer as it did to the creator. However, as with all artist it is a process to get the art to the masses. While designing jewelry involves freedom and expression, the business side of it demands discipline and determination.
To kick off our Meet A Mogul series, Urban Mogul Life interviewed entrepreneur LeReana Nichole president of May Vora Jewelry. LeReana Nichole took the time to explain what inspires her work as well as some of the challenges she faces bringing her art to consumer’s hands.
How did you become a jewelry designer?
Completely by accident because I always thought dress design was my calling! I designed a dress to wear to a fashion event in Milwaukee and felt it needed a statement necklace. I created a four tier necklace from pink beads, black rock chips, and chains with a magnetic clasp inspired from a vintage Channel necklace…the necklace received way more inquires than the dress did! I still design a dress from time to time- that is one of my passions so I can’t help but to keep designing dresses!
What inspires you when creating your designs?
Absolutely anything! From a song to chatting with friends, it all comes from allowing the creativity to be free and not structuring it too much.
What is your process from thought to completion?
I don’t have a set process really. Sometimes I’ll spend hours designing a piece, start creating it, then the piece will look nothing like the initial idea!
How do you decide on what materials to use?
It all depends on what collection I’m working on and what inspiration pops up! I try to stay as consistent as possible throughout a particular collection. The ‘Jade’ collection is eclectic and my creativity is untamed. ‘Aries’ collection has all the spunk and pops of colors that tend to be trendier. The ‘Leigh’ collection is full of metal base statement charms. ‘Euniece’ has sophistication and style using pearls, rhinestones and semi precious stones throughout the collection.
How did you come up with the name May Vora?
By merging the name of my Aunt Mary and her husband, my Uncle Ivora, they passed away within days of each other in 2009. My Aunt and Uncle were like second parents to me and two of my biggest supporters with perusing a career in fashion! Every collection is named in honor of someone in my family or someone I’m extremely close to. ‘Jade’ is my god-daughter’s middle name. ‘Aries’ is my close friend’s middle name. ‘Leigh’ is a re-spelling of my Father’s middle name Lee. ‘Euniece’ is my Mother’s middle name. ‘Cole’, the men’s collection, is short for Coleman and ‘Trinity’, our little girl’s collection is named after a good friend’s daughter.
What obstacles have you encountered as a new designer?
Breaking into any industry is difficult, but fashion can be extremely difficult! As a new designer I’ve realized that many people want to know your resume as far as who has purchased, worn or knows about your line which means little to nothing when it comes down to the designer’s workmanship, passion, and originality! To me, a designer can have the top names wearing their brand but if the product falls apart or there is no consideration toward detail what exactly is the point? Quality takes priority in our designs.
Do you stay up on the current trends?
I do, but not feverously. My favorite fashion era is the 1940s and that’s where I draw most of my inspiration from.
Do you have collections for men?
YES! ‘Cole’ was formally launched at our Spring Trunk Show in June. The collection includes a range of bracelets and necklaces designed for casual wear or a special occasion. Chain mail, silk knots and leather are a few of the materials used for ‘Cole’.
What’s next for May Vora?
We are excited to introduce our newest collection designed especially for little girls, ‘Trinity’, in October! ‘Trinity’ and the ‘Sorority Collection’ are currently the only collections solely special order, making the jewelry pieces particularly exclusive. Also our Working Woman Wednesday series titled ‘Sip, Shop & Socialize’ is held every other month and the next social event is August 8, 2012 at Cuvee Champagne Lounge from 5:00pm-7:00pm.
How can our readers purchase your pieces?
After August 4, 2012, May Vora Jewelry will be featured at Flagship boutique located in The Shops at The Grand Avenue! Special orders are always welcome via email LaReana@MayVoraJewelry.com or call 262.744.1380 we are also on Facebook and Twitter.
When I first pulled this off the Web, the first thing that caught my eye was the silver bracelet fashioned into a bird’s talon. The bracelet can be found on-line relatively easily by searching the keyword: talon bracelet. A number of vendor’s carr it ranging from $16.00 -$100.00+. It varies depending on whether you want real silver or not. It can be found in gold tone and varying styles as well.
The stylish tote is another thing altogether. It’s hard to tell but it appears to be some sort of notebook or electronics case. Either way, if you’ve got one you’re Mogul Fresh
Do you have $10 million to spend on a diamond? And if you did have that much money would you want to spend it on a diamond? Well an anonymous buyer decided that $10 million was chump change and went and copped the pear-shaped yellow diamond. The diamond weighs 110.03 carat and has a purity of VVS1. The diamond found in South Africa was auctioned in Geneva by Sotheby’s.
Pac’s Death Row Record chain is being sold on Ebay. Which coincides with the 15th anniversary of the Rappers death, on September 13.
Photos show a medallion in the shape of the famous West Coast record label’s logo. The pendant is made of 14K gold, with inset diamonds filling the lettering and emblem. A link is provided to the original seller, David Humphrey, so that buyers can consult him regarding the authenticity of the rap legend’s ice.
Originally selling at $0.99 yesterday, the jewelry has risen to a value of $2025 over a day, with just 43 bids.
Established in 1991 by Suge Knight and Dr. Dre, the Death Row label released seminal West Coast Rap albums in the early 90s, such as Dre’s The Chronic, Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle, and Pac’s All Eyez On Me and Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory. The record company was a landmark of hardcore and gangsta rap. In 1995, Death Row CEO, Suge Knight, paid the $1.4 million for Shakur’s bail, in exchange for a contract of three albums from the rapper.
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The watch, which reportedly set ‘Ye back $180,000, is encrusted with 8 karats of yellow, black, brown and white diamonds in the shape of his own face (with glasses!). According to reports, watchmaker Tiret took over 5 months to create the dial of the watch itself, which is made of a gold colored mother-of-pearl.
Following Kanye’s lead, other entertainers have also begun to seek out Tiret’s custom made watches. Last month, singer Usher commissioned the Damon Dash-owned New York luxury watch company to create a one-of-a-kind timepiece with his face on it for a cool $250,000.
Few NBA players have been as committed to charity over the past year than Ron Artest. The former bad
The former bad boy and current goofball, most recently seen bounding into the Miami Heat bench during Saturday’s game, has devoted much of his time to raising money for mental health awareness, specifically to get more mental health workers in schools so kids can get help they might not otherwise be able to afford.
This weekend, Artest engaged in his biggest charitable act to date when he announced the winner of the raffle for the championship ring he won last season with the Lakers. As it turns out, Artest helped raise a hefty sum with this move. From the Associated Press:
Artest announced the winner of the charity raffle for his ring late Saturday night at a club across the street from Staples Center, where the Lakers were trounced by the Miami Heat 96-80 in the NBA’s Christmas showcase. Continue reading
What’s better than being “Mogul-Fresh as Hell“ and politically correct? Not much. Thanks to the creative minds and Green Hearts of the of the people over at Wood-Rings.Com, you can own an exquisitely unique piece of quality jewelry and help the planet at the same time. Through a partnership with American Forests, a tree is planted in America every time a purchase is made. The rings can be made from silver, gold, or white gold and a variety of different types of wood.
The world’s most expensive phone was made by British jeweler Stuart Hughes and contains 500 individual flawless diamonds, totaling more than 100 carats. The Apple logo on the rear of the device was formed using rose gold and the main navigation was made from platinum and holds a single cut 7.4 karat pink diamond. The gadget was specially made for a very rich Australian business man….and according to Hughes more than likely won’t be getting used much.
“It was a fantastic challenge and I am really pleased with the end result — the phones look superb Phones are so popular at the moment and this is the ultimate design for one. It was a very exciting project. The diamonds are rare and difficult to source, stones like that usually have a very long history. It is amazing that someone is prepared to spend £5 million on a phone, I doubt it will get used because it is worth so much money. It would be a disaster if it was ever lost.”
Nick Cannon hooked his Boo with some candy bling for their 2 year anniversary. The Ring Pop designed by Jason of Beverly Hills jewelers. See I guess this is how you live that Mogul Life ladies and gentlemen!