HOW I KNEW THIS WAS MY PASSION
Growing up, I played with crystals and minerals on the rich grounds of my childhood. Designing and creating extraordinary jewelry is in my DNA.
BEST CAREER MOMENT SO FAR
Apart from the day I accepted Sissy and Bill Jones’ offer to work at Sissy’s Log Cabin, working to create the jewelry technology curriculum at SEARK College is among my top career highlights.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED
From my late father: When things are difficult, work twice as hard.
WHAT KEEPS ME MOTIVATED
My children, who are both scientists. Hopefully, someday I will achieve the greatness of being in the shadow of their accomplishments.
A SKILL I NEVER EXPECTED TO USE IN THIS FIELD
Verbal communication. Being an introvert by nature and a loner by trade, I never thought that communicating in a second language would become paramount in my professional activities.
IN THE DETAILS
Hometown: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Favorite Local Purchase: Bread and pastries at Boulevard Bread
Little Rock’s Hidden Gem: White Water Tavern
Sunday Routine: Watching Formula One racing and a game of football (also known as soccer)
Favorite Local Dish: Carpaccio at YaYa’s paired with a glass of pinot noir
Hobbies: Drawing portraits using pencil on paper to the sound of ‘70s classic rock