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The handcrafted necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets at Debbie De La Cueva Jewelry in Sayulita are absolutely stunning. “It is feminine, elegant, and delicate. It is my own style,” shared Debbie De La Cueva, the owner and designer of Debbie De La Cueva Jewelry.
Debbie attended boarding school in Paris from the age of 8 until 11, where she was introduced to several handicrafts. She believes it was this experience that helped foster her creative side. “I have always liked working with my hands, even when I was very young. I have to do something with my hands and I have always liked doing intricate work,” said Debbie.
She has been making jewelry for 18 years and got her start selling bracelets at Nina at Fred Segal in Santa Monica, California. She then expanded to selling her jewelry at other stores, including the Four Seasons in Punta de Mita, Jett Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Sweet Asylum in Northern California. Five years ago, she moved to Sayulita and opened up her boutique.
I love having my store here in Sayulita. I get to meet a lot of new people. I have a lot of regular clients that are always so excited to see my new pieces. I love being able to display all of my work and changing it up. It is so exciting,” Debbie shared.
She uses delicate antique Italian beads in beautiful colors, Japanese keshi pearls that shine, small shells, tiny 18K gold connective pieces, and a variety of semi-precious stones and precious stones, including sapphires, emeralds, diamonds, rubies, garnets, and so much more. The 14K and 18K gold wire that she uses is very small gauge, but also very durable.
Each piece of jewelry is unique. “I never have a design in mind when I begin a new piece. I am going to be inspired,” shared Debbie.