We had the good fortune of connecting with Gina Raphaela and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Gina, every day, we know about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
A few of years ago, co-founder Tina Alexis Allen and I attended a lecture given by the Dali Lama in New York, where we heard him pronounce that “the world will be saved” by Western women.” We heard that as a call to action and began exploring ways to give back.. The result of our exploration is Gina Raphaela Jewelry, a mission-driven jewelry brand. Each season, a generous portion of the proceeds of the collection benefits a different non-profit organization whose mission is to end violence, be it in the form of domestic abuse, violence against women and children, or gun violence. We use deconstructed and transformed bullets as the foundation for all our jewelry.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am first an artist, painter and sculptor, I love working with all different mediums, I am inspired especially by form and color. And of course that plays a big role in my jewelry design as well. My background in fine art definitely inspires my jewelry. I wanted to make my art accessible to a wider audience, allowing more people to own the story of my art—in whatever form—since buying a piece of jewelry is a very different investment than a six-foot sculpture or large abstract painting. I am also, a strong stand for equality. Ever since our last election and the women march in Washington, I realized that my art and jewelry reflect my politics as well. The need for everyone to be treated with dignity, that is our best shot at having a more loving, accepting and compassionate world.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
To start, I would take them to Bricks and Scones in Larchmont for a cup of coffee and their to-die-for scones . My favorites are the Fig and Rosemary and the Blueberry Lemon. Then I’d take them to the serene Self-Realization Center in the Pacific Palisades. And continue along Pacific Coast Highway for an ocean drive to Malibu for lunch at Fish Grill. Venice beach is another fun place to check out interesting people. My favorite pizza is Mozza Pizzeria on Melrose. Not to sure of the night life because I just got a puppy so I’m in bed exhausted by 9pm. LOL Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My sister and friend, June Pascocello, is an incredible photographer based in Los Angeles. She shoots interiors, portraits and is also an amazing headshot photographer. A real talent!

Website: ginaraphaelajewelry.com

Instagram: @ginaraphaela

Facebook: @ginaraphaela

Image Credits
June Pascocello Photography ( image of myself)

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