Georgia Gems

Mocahete is a jewelry line based in Georgia and run by mother and son duo Sabrina and Dante. Their pieces have a tribal flair that can be easily worn everyday. Read on to find out more about this talented team.


1. Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started designing jewelry. 


Sabrina – I was born and raised in south Georgia although I spent much of my adult life moving throughout the southern U.S. working as a professional chef and living for a time in Central America. I returned home to South Georgia approximately 12 years ago. I have always been creating something whether it be weaving baskets, making collages, painting, cooking and of course making jewelry. I started collecting beads 20+ years ago and was particularly drawn to exotic beads from other lands. I first began designing jewelry for myself as I could rarely find what I envisioned as the perfect style for me. Creating personal adornment is very fulfilling. 

Dante – I have long loved the process of creating, from the very time I could wield a tool. For  many years I have been attracted to metal fabrication. I trace the origins of my fascination with fire and all things infernal. I received my B.A. in philosophy from Valdosta State University with little forethought or prescience as to what exactly this degree would do for my career prospects. I thought greatly on this matter and proceeded to pursue a teaching certification but soon became disillusioned . So here I am as a self taught metalsmith practicing my craft for the beautification of others. I doesn’t get much better than that! 

Creating is a large part of our over all ethos of living sustainably as possible. Along with creating wearable art we are striving to implement a permacultural system where we live–raising our own chickens, ducks, geese and planting every imaginable useful plant we can get our hands on. 



Large Copper Verdigris Hoop Earrings - Unearthed Large copper verdigris earrings


2. I’m a big fan of hammered metal and pieces with a tribal influence. Your pieces have a “faraway lands” quality to them. Have you done any travelling that has influenced your work? 

Although we have traveled some to Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean our pieces are largely inspired by our love of different cultures. We love the ‘rustic’ aesthetic which is embodied by the textures and colors represented in our pieces.



Jade. Amethyst . Sterling Silver . Necklace Jade, amethyst, sterling silver necklace 

3. Where can we purchase your pieces (besides Etsy)?

We have two other venues:

www.themocahete.1000markets.com

www.mocahete.artfire.com

and soon we will be opening our own website: 

www.mocahete.com

Handmade Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings - Pixie Blades Sterling silver pixie blade earrings
4. Any projects for the future?

Yes, we have decided to work on collections. Our current focus, for the next week or so, will be on Native American influenced designs. Soon after this, we intend to turn our attention to middle Eastern themes with a focus on spiritual symbology. 

5. Describe southern style. 

Spicy, jazzy and a bit laid back with a definite sense of joie de vivre.





You can also keep up with Mochete via their Facebook fan page.

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