Honestly, I don't know where to begin. I had always had a passion for helping others and making them feel good. I would go shopping and purchase the dying plants that were about to be thrown away instead of the pretty newer ones. I would nurse them back to health and when special occasions would come along such as birthdays, housewarmings, etc. I would give people my rescued plants. I would go as far as picking a plant that was specific to their personality and lifestyle. If a person just opened a new business I would gift them a money tree and so on. Their expressions brought me so much joy and gave me purpose.
I was working a corporate job, and was at the height of my career but I was still so unhappy. I disliked my job working in finance and hospitality. I felt a strong urge that I was meant for something more. It was the summer of 2019. I was laying in a hospital bed going through chemotherapy when I was in deep thought. Just thinking to myself that there has to be more to life than what I was doing. I had already put myself through college majoring in Business Management and Business Law, but I was bending myself to make someone else rich while I make pennies to the dollar. I had always known that I wanted to have a business but struggled with what service or product I would provide. The uncertainty kept me settling for this entrapment of wake up, go to work, wait in traffic, come home, cook, sleep and repeat. It wasn't until a few months had passed and it was now fall. My corporate job was bought out and my position was eliminated. I felt like somehow, in a crazy way, the Universe or God made this opportunity happen in order for me to pursue my dreams and do what it is I truly want. I accepted a settlement and began modeling full time. I had been a fashion, commercial print model for over 5 years on the side of my regular 9-5 job but this gave me the opportunity to pursue it full time. I was traveling up and down the East coast the next day. While I was traveling for modeling and had some free time, I would go gemstone mining.
Now, I had always had a passion and love for gemstones. I had the extreme honor of meeting Celebrity Jewelry Designer Charles Albert and was personally invited to one of his VIP events. Jewelry just has a way of expressing your character. I have to confess, there is something about the transformation of a rock to a beautiful, shimmering, gemstone. I have such an eccentric, big and bold taste towards jewelry that isn't quite common, aside from Charles Albert. I wanted so badly to transform these beautiful stones that I unearthed and create not only fashion pieces, but a form of art. In addition to my any hats, I am also an artist. You can view my work at www.expresatetalkshow.com/store . Over the next few weeks, I had a dream about bringing one of my paintings to life. My father suggested I name this jewelry line endeavor "Galleria Alexxis", and that's when the name was born.
I had always been one to stand out. My business is no different. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to be transparent with my customers and only deliver authentic, quality products at a great value. I am fully aware that this is not for everyone and that is okay. I believe that my jewelry will resonate with the perfect person. My main priority is to deliver jewelry that makes my customers not only look good, but feel good physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I did not get into this business as a get rich quick scheme. My motivation is to spread peace, love and positivity into this world one person at a time. Capitalization is a bonus. There are so many motivating reasons behind why I make jewelry. The first is its ties to my native Taino Indian roots. Native Indigenous people are the original jewelry designers with their beaded jewelry and ingenious forms of fashion. I take a lot of pride in my roots and heritage and this is the perfect way to honor and pay homage to my ancestors. My great-grandmother actually beaded her own jewelry until her final days. This was something I did not notice until she recently passed away. I have her beaded jewelry hanging on the rearview mirror of my car, and all around my house. This is my way of keeping her legacy and spirit for many more generations to come.
On top of the familial ties and cultural background, I am also a spiritual person. I believe that the Earth has natural ways of emitting energy. We have all learned in school that we are made of atoms and everything around us is made of atoms and energy. To deny that is to ignorantly deny science and facts. There is energy in humans, plants, animals, and even stones. My mission is to promote peace, love and prosperity so what better way than to combine my passion for fashion and gemstones together. That is how and why Galleria Alexxis was created!
Peace, Love & Positive Vibes,
CEO, Model, Artist, Advocate
In loving memory of Carmen Muniz (23-July-2020)
Stay tuned on how I make my jewelry....