One ring to bring them all
On the first day of school, after over a year of distance learning, sophomore Gaby Hernandez is approached by classmates. They ask her to make them one of her personal wired rings. They had heard about her business through word of mouth, and it was then that Hernandez knew she had a passion for making jewelry.
Whether it’s her close friends or customers on Etsy, Hernandez sells her rings to a variety of people. She started making the rings when she had nothing to do during distance learning in February, and now, she has people messaging her through direct messages inquiring about purchasing her rings.
“My favorite part, other than the process of making them, is having my friends ask me to make them,” Hernandez said. “That’s really fun and people know that I make them, so they just [directly message] me. I like having people know that if they want anything to just come in.”
The rings are made of wires, crystals and beads, which Hernandez buys from Amazon. To make the ring shape, a ring sizer is needed. The crystal goes in the wire and the sizer is used to make sure the ring will fit right. The ends are tied to complete the ring. Hernandez offers either gold or silver wires for design preferences. She finds that making the rings and bracelets helps her separate her school and personal life, giving her a break from the work.
“If you’re stressed with school, find something that’s going to help relieve that,” Hernandez said. “Have a creative output: something that’s going to bring peace to you and is going to make you happy.”
Hernandez started making jewelry when online learning was in effect. Now that school is in-person, she finds it more challenging to balance her time. However, Hernandez makes sure to dedicate 30 minutes to one hour a day on her orders.
“When it was online school, it was really easy to balance [school and making jewelry],” Hernandez said. “You didn’t get as much work, but now, school is taking up a lot of my time. [The business] is a getaway from school and it helps me relieve all that stress and tension I have.”
When school reopened for in-person learning, other students asked Hernandez about buying her rings. This is when she realized that she would want to continue selling her jewelry for the rest of her time in high school.
“I like making people happy, and then sharing that [happiness] with their friends,” Hernandez said. “It makes me really happy because I never would have thought I’d be making jewelry or rings or selling it to people, so it makes you [be] like, ‘wow, this is something I never thought I could really do but actually did it.’”
By Sajjan Sandhu, Scene editor
Photo courtesy of Gaby Hernandez