I recently discovered Sara Beltran's gorgeous line of jewelry, Deszo. The Texas-born, Juarez-bred artist now calls Jaipur and Mumbai home (we're meeting in February when I'm in India) and she offered me some insight into her creative process and inspiration. TSS: Why is your line called Deszo.
SB: It's Latin for desire. Every woman desires something!
TSS: How did you decide to move halfway across the world?
SB: I used to live in New York for the last 12 years and I was kind of over it! I started designing and producing in New York. Then my friend Maximiliano Modesti who lives in Mumbai invited me last October to come to India and produce there. He is a big mentor in my life and he told me "you have no idea what you would make once you come to India" and he was right, my line made a huge jump. TSS: What inspires you?
SB: The ocean! I love the ocean. A lot of the pieces are shells I pick from the ocean and then I make a mold and then I cast them in gold. Now I'm discovering the stone world in Jaipurand I'm doing my own carved stones. Colors are always inspired by the ocean.
TSS: What do you miss about Mexico?
SB: I've been away for so long that I got used to being everywhere. I travel a lot! And what I miss the most is my family but I do go a lot to visit them.
TSS: What are you favorite pieces from Deszo?
SB: All, everytime I make a new piece I want to keep them all. Sometimes poeple want to buy things right off me but I can't ever let go of my first pieces! Its hard. I fall in love which each single one since I put all into every piece.