I might be a small business but I strive to make a difference in others lives.
As a child of immigrant parents (my mother from Greece and father from Mexico), I had a rich cultural upbringing. I was always surrounded by artists and makers. I loved to watch my father as he would paint in his studio or repair clocks in the workshop. Helping with the clock repair, sorting the tiny parts was a particular pleasure of mine. Creation and art were a part of my daily life growing up on California’s central coast.
In school I was drawn to study architecture. Upon completion of my Bachelor of Architecture degree I accepted a job at a high stress firm where I was very unhappy. I took some time to visit family in Greece where the clear water, pristine beaches and ruins restored and inspired me. When I arrived home, I knew I had to make a change. Quitting my job was the best and hardest decision I could have made. I left San Francisco, moved to Los Angeles, and found a supportive community that encouraged my creativity.
The first pieces of jewelry I made were my own wedding rings. I began revisiting metal arts, soldering, hammering, drilling. It is so satisfying melting two pieces of jewelry together to create a form. I found a non-toxic jewelers resin, and began to explore. I love working with resin, because it’s not limiting. I can experiment with colors, inlay or ombré effects. It is almost like painting.
When my son was born I wanted to spend every minute with him. The desire was so strong that I committed to designing jewelry full time so I could stay home with him. I am so grateful that I am able to be a part of his life while doing the work I love!
From start to finish I was blown aways by the effort that was taken to make my pendant perfect for me. I had a special request and carla went above and beyond to carry that out. I wear my pendant with great pride. It will always be near and dear to me.
The Anthos petite leaf is my current go to piece when I'm not wearing big jewelry. I love its simplicity and delicate design. The grey resin is gorgeous and goes with anything. I have the adjustable length clasp an it's easy to open and close. Another amazing piece by Carla de la Cruz. Now I want to buy the large leaf!
I saw this necklace on Carla’s Instagram and immediately fell in love with it! I reached out to her and asked her to customize my order which she happily did. It arrived in a beautiful box and the necklace was simply stunning! Very well made and very unique. You can tell it’s one of a kind and hand made, made just for me! I’m extremely happy with my purchase. I also bought a few more pieces and love all of them! I’d absolutely recommend it!
I came across Carla’s jewelry on IG. I am always looking for artisan pieces that are not mainstream. I enjoy supporting local artists. Her jewelry really spoke to me, especially the piece I bought. It’s magical...I’m really going to enjoy wearing when we get out into public again!
As Seen In
Remember to be kind and patient with yourself. To nurture and encourage your curiosity into trying something new.