When Jewelry, Culture, and Passion Collide


Claudia Pieschacon_Chispa Magazine
Colombian born designer Claudia Pieschacon, always attracted to the art of jewelry, and loving to work with her hands decided in 2007 to put all her efforts, talent, and creativity to self-train as a jeweler. Having graduated from the New York School of Interior Design in New York City with a background in painting and sculpture, Pieschacon’s foundation was strong yet open for new undertakings. The birth of Cleo Jewels began as she started modeling all her jewelry with a resin/clay material and semi-precious stones. Her designs got the attention of big retailers such as Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Harvey Nichols Dubai, Calypso St. Barth, BNG Turkey, and many small boutiques within the United States and abroad. Eventually she felt the need to go one step further by translating her jewelry into metal, still using the clay to hand create each prototype. Today she hand creates at the Pieschacon’s Florida studio and is well acclaimed throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia, the Middle East, and South America.

Which is most difficult: designing pieces or running a business? I would say, for me, it is definitely more difficult to run a business than designing. Designing is a natural process for me. The business part is something I had to learn based on a lot of experiences, and definitely this is not my favorite part of Cleo Jewels.

If you could describe Cleo, as a woman, how would you describe her? Are your jewels art or fashion? Cleo as a woman could be described as cosmopolitan, sophisticated, glamorous person with a fashion-forward mind.

What do you want to communicate within your pieces? And if they can talk, what would we hear? I would like to communicate with my pieces my love for art and design, and if they could talk you would hear, I am made with passion.

For more of the interview with Claudia Pieschacon, order your copy of the April/May issue here

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Mavian Arocha-Rowe

Mavian Arocha-Rowe

Editor-in-Chief at Chispa Magazine
Mavian Arocha-Rowe is known as an asset to the business and communications industry and is motivating and advocating “your authenticity should be your strategy,” for all women, regardless of their season and roles. For the past 20 years she has directed magazines, plus multiple art and marketing departments as creative director and brand manager. What supersedes all of her great career moves is her role as wife and mother living in Atlanta. Challenging herself to discover and bravely pursue the calling for her life, Arocha-Rowe helps other women discover and pursue their life’s assignment. She is a passionate, and loud-laughing speaker on the topic of purposefully redeemed, and mentors young women so they can exercise a mind that is doctrinally pure, along with a heart that beats toward sanctification. She will almost never turn down Marlow’s Tavern double-tavern cheeseburger, a cooking-demonstration from Leaning Ladder, or any opportunity to head to Miami to spend time with family.

Mavian Arocha-Rowe

Mavian Arocha-Rowe is known as an asset to the business and communications industry and is motivating and advocating “your authenticity should be your strategy,” for all women, regardless of their season and roles. For the past 20 years she has directed magazines, plus multiple art and marketing departments as creative director and brand manager. What supersedes all of her great career moves is her role as wife and mother living in Atlanta. Challenging herself to discover and bravely pursue the calling for her life, Arocha-Rowe helps other women discover and pursue their life’s assignment. She is a passionate, and loud-laughing speaker on the topic of purposefully redeemed, and mentors young women so they can exercise a mind that is doctrinally pure, along with a heart that beats toward sanctification. She will almost never turn down Marlow’s Tavern double-tavern cheeseburger, a cooking-demonstration from Leaning Ladder, or any opportunity to head to Miami to spend time with family.