The talented pair of hands that you so often see in our photographs hand-setting the Swarovski crystals belongs to Stella. Stella came to America from Colombia back in the early 1990s. I met her because her sisters were working with me back then in jewelry production. Close to 20 years later, I am happy to say that Stella is still a very important part of the New York design studio. Not only is she very talented, but she is a good friend and a delight to work with every day.
Recently, Stella has been studying very hard to become a citizen of the United States. Her colleagues in the studio were quizzing her every day to help her learn all the history and civic questions for the test. Well, Stella passed, and recently was sworn in as a U.S. citizen!
I think America is just that much sweeter now that Stella is a citizen.