Have you been looking for a jewelry brand that embodies positive vibes, spirituality, and really original rocking jewels? Well, enter — fine jewelry brand Buddha Mama which does the above with style and beautiful positive energy. We think of Buddha Mama as our divine sister who loves gold and traveling the world. Sound dope? Well so is Buddha Mama!
We are very excited to bring you this interview to get behind the scenes with this awesome brand from the founder mother and daughter duo Nancy and Dakota.
What is your inspiration for creating new pieces for your collections?
Travels are a huge part of our inspiration. Going new places and seeing different architecture, the tiles used, archways; all this gets us going. Also, my husband is Cuban and he made the dangerous decision of introducing me to Cuban tile. Now my house is filled with it. The colors and patterns are certainly inspiring.
Why do you love working in yellow gold?
The color! We produce in 20k and it’s got an awesome tone to it. We also have small collections in 18k white and rose but I’d have to say the yellow is definitely our go to.
Why do you love what you do?
Love this question. We are a family business; so I get to work with my daughter and her childhood best friend, Leyla, we’re like a small gang. Dakota and I collaborations or do our own collections but it's always a team and family thing at the end of the day. We’re so lucky we get to create and laugh and enjoy every single day. Even when we’re bitchy after traveling too many hours or a delayed flight, there’s always time to laugh it off.
Do you have a favorite piece in the line?
We just finished a new ‘crystal dome’ collection with enamel and floating diamonds inside. These are definitely our new loves.
What does “buddha mama” mean to you?
It means giving back, it means having compassion and trying to always think of others. My middle daughter, Bianca, gave me the idea when I first started the company. Buddha Mama all began by stringing Malas to raise funds for my local Buddhist center. So when Bianca thought of this name, I couldn’t say no.
Why is fine jewelry the medium you love?
The jewelry industry has allowed us to be ourselves and design what we love. Jewelry is a beautiful, artistic addition to our everyday look. Women feel good with sparkly gems and beads, accessorizing is part of our daily routine, it makes us feel pretty, funky and unique!
Do you have a favorite gemstone?
No way! There are just too many to love. At the moment we’d have to say Paraiba, it reminds of us the ocean and it's amazing. It makes us want to go to the Bahamas and sip something frozen.