Once Upon A Time, I Was A Painter.
But the winds of change blasted me all the way to Atlanta to meet a very talented and Grammy winning guitarist whose family became my own family.
Losing my home because my landlord wanted to sell to Kevin Costner’s movie crew was a major loss. I lost all my artwork among other things.
But, I was fortunate because many others lost so much more. Kevin Costner was supposed to film his 2006 movie, The Guardian in New Orleans, but Hurricane Katrina messed that up.
As I parted the curtains, I walked into a wonderland of beautiful gemstones, jewelry, and creativity.
The guy that was making a beautiful pendant was a stranger, but he welcomed me and from that moment on, I knew my destiny was in this shop.
My random visit became a friendship with Denise and Daryl, who needed help setting up a Facebook page and a website. I would spend countless hours helping him with Twitter, Facebook and a website and learned that this jewelry designer was so much more.
Learning A New Art Form
I accomplished a lot when I lived in Atlanta: started a nonprofit organization, painted, participated in a few art shows, worked at a pizzeria (one of the few actual jobs I cared about and still do care about the people who own it) and took care of my mother until she died which was hard.
Being in and out of hospitals and working full time took its toll and painting was put on the back burner.Denise and Daryl were a huge rock for me and taught me about healing crystals.
Honoring The Legacy of a Legend
In Dallas, I started working with Kiki and Doug Winters of Skypony Studio. Kiki taught me by literally letting me have my way with her gallery–how to run my own business.
I learned hands on how to connect with people, manage my sales (and hers) and when she discovered my love of crystals, a beautiful partnership ensued.
We were in Valley View Mall, a mall that is undergoing it’s own transformation as I am writing this. And she opened her new gallery, Skypony Gallery, in 2016. When she left her position of Art Director for Gallery At Midtown, I was promoted to that position for a temporary 3-6 months.
The mall decided in May, 2017, to close the gallery until they reopen as the new Dallas Midtown. This was the perfect opportunity for my husband and I to try a new city together: Houston.
And throughout all of this, I’ve made many friends and clients who now not only know of Daryl, but have a piece of him in each jewelry piece I’ve designed.
I am not the only wire artist he has taught and we each honor him in every piece we create.
Today, I am the proud owner of The Gem Diva’s Rock Shop & Studio, a cozy rock shop in Houston’s PlazAmericas Mall. It’s the perfect place to create and meet new people.
My husband has been my rock and partner in setting up our business and without him, this blog about crystals would never have grown into an actual storefront business.
My Brands: The Gem Diva & Johnna Sabri Jewelry
My jewelry is designed for the soul who wants to creatively express themselves. Each piece is uniquely designed with real gems and crystals to add that touch of crystal healing earthy vibe.
The Johnna Sabri Signature Collection launched in 2016 in Dallas, TX, and includes an engraved signature with the jewelry piece.
Today I am focusing on creating unique jewelry where you come in, pick the stones and I design it for you on the spot in your pick of copper, Sterling Silver or 14K Gold or Rose Gold filled wire right here in my Houston studio.
I have had several clients around the globe including: The Philippines, Japan, Canada, England, Jordan, Dubai, The US, Mexico, and Australia.
My jewelry has been modeled by GA State University students for an African themed fashion show and also Miss Texas Plus America 2016.