BY STEPHANIE CAJUCOM
Away from the sparkling silver of the commercial jewelry world lies a collection built for the raw and romantic. Tesia Alexandra solidifies passion and love with Vena Amoris. Inspired by and named after the vein of love, the mythical vein that runs straight from the heart to the ring finger,
her line of bespoke betrothal jewelry revives beauties from a long ago era. Fanciful, fantastical, and made personally, she blends imperfect components that beautifully balance each other out, reflecting a love that lasts forever.
Art history buff, Brooklynite, and designer by trade, Tesia’s enchantment with ceremonial bling began at a young age. “Seeing all the adornments in the church, like jewel encrusted goblets, really fascinated me.” A curiosity that progressed, she found herself wandering New York reliquaries throughout her teen years, opening up a Pandora’s box of wonderment.
Pursuing her passion, she found herself fixated on a certain aspect of the traditional arts. “Something about betrothal jewelry really caught my attention.” At that moment, Vena Amoris was born. What started as a research blog delving into matrimonial traditions turned into a showcase where Tesia’s skills and visions manifested into the item that inspired it all; engagement rings.
Metal smithing, brand building, graphic design, art history and Middle Eastern jewelry all drive the personalization that makes Vena Amoris so beautiful. “Engagement rings are an item that woman really feel like is their one piece of jewelry, the most important piece they’ll ever get”. This mindset is what sets her apart from other brands. Tesia takes the time to educate her customers so they can truly create a piece that reflects their unique love.
The Tesia beyond betrothal jewelry is a balance of light and dark, just like her pieces. “ I like unbalance. I think unbalance brings balance. It keeps you on your toes.” Her hobbies shift from being captivated by real life crime histories and Italian horror films to spending her days unwinding at the dog park watching her beloved Boris run free.
Although the vein of love is just a myth, Tesia Alexandra’s handcrafted work is undoubtedly driven by heart. Reviving more than just the arts from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, she keeps alive the vein of love today and passes along its eternal spirit to her lucky customers.
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