I first met jewelry designer Theresa Wangia in 2012 when she signed on as a retailer at my co-op. Right from the start, I knew she was creating something special. Every piece of jewelry she makes is steeped in her world of style — rich leathers, chunky chains, wrapped stones, natural bone and horn.
Theresa designs her collection with a modern day voyager in mind. A sophisticated line of handmade jewelry and leather accessories that sweeps a woman effortlessly from day to night, from urban to outback. Each one-of-a-kind piece nods to her love of history, art and culture. It’s no wonder the St. Louis History Museum has chosen to carry Beltshazzar.
Theresa’s family is also deeply rooted into each creation. Her grandmother was part Blackfoot Indian and the tribal influence is an ever-flowing presence running through the collection. Theresa’s working methods and materials are further inspired by indigenous cultures of the Amazon, Kenya and Papua New Guinea. Whenever I wear one of her globally-inspired works of art, I feel empowered and ready for an adventure.