I created Flora Magica in 2017, an accessories brand that focuses on highlighting natural elements to create designs that are fun to wear yet easily transitional from day to night. I’ve always loved jewelry and how it can be so personal and meaningful. You can tell so much about a person’s personality through how they choose to accessorize. The backbone of Flora Magica is to create versatile pieces with a colorful composition.
Components are sourced from all over the world - incorporating seashells and raffia from the Philippines, mother of pearl from Indonesia and gemstones from India. My work is inspired by my travels and the natural world. I love how the color of a stone can mimic ocean waves or even the ripples in sand.
I love using natural elements but combining them with unexpected materials. The nature of growing up in the Philippines resonates in everything I do. I grew up in Cebu and spent a lot of time out on the ocean with my family. I have very fond memories of digging for clams with my grandmother, and so there’s also an emotional element for me with bringing my love of seashells and tropical touches to my pieces. My aesthetic has always been to create bold and breezy designs that are reminiscent of an island stye. I spend majority of my time in the Philippines, and consider myself lucky to call this incredible place home.