My favorite thing to make is rings. I love wearing all kinds of funky rings and the first ring I ever made was this ring.
The first ring I ever made
I walked into a bead store and loved this intricate beautiful ring. To buy it was $35 but to take a class and learn to make it was $30. Of course, I took the class option! That’s when my obsession started- I was literally the ring lady making different colors and variations.
I then expanded to making wire wrapped rings and other unique jewelry. My mother started teaching me the basics of making things like necklaces and earrings as she too is an avid jewelry maker. We shared the same passion for jewelry making and would shop all kinds of bead stores together for hours.
The name of my jewelry shop started because I’m Egyptian and my mother always calls me Jou Jou habibti – Jou Jou is a nickname and habibti in arabic means my love.
That’s how Jou Jou My Love was born.
Here are some of my own creations!
And here are some awesome ring’s I’ve hunted down that I love!
So, I have a slight obsession with hello kitty and a long time ago I discovered jewelry designer Tarina Tarantinowho makes fun, bold jewelry pieces carrying the cute iconic hello kitty design.
Although hello kitty is what initially attracted me to Tarina Tarantino, her story compelled me and inspired me to do more with my own jewelry. She had a passion for jewelry making since she was young and like me shopped endlessly to find jewelry to fit her style with no success. So, she made her own jewelry and went off into the streets and back home with none of it because strangers would buy it off her. She decided to turn jewelry making into her own business after going through many other careers she found unsatisfying such as being a model and later, a makeup artist.
Tarina’s accomplished success in her business is very inspiring to me as a jewelry artist and I admire her passion and drive. And her pink hair which her Hello Kitty jewelry collection mimics is also adorable!