Husband and wife team, Daphne Vela and Graham Ravu are both civil engineers and are the creative duo behind Earth & Ocean Crafts; a small, home-based jewelry and handcraft business, borne out of the need to make a little extra money on the side to supplement their budget for the family’s needs.
Mother and wife, Ms. Vela has a family bloodline going all the way to the Czech Republic and from the Central Province as well. The artisan said that it is her grandmothers from both bloodlines that have influenced her with the passion and creativity to create art & craft.
“My grandmothers were both very skilled craftswomen in their time, most of what I know now has been passed onto me from them” Ms. Vela said.
The hands-on man behind Earth & Ocean Crafts is Daphne’s husband Mr. Ravu, who is right at home with his carpentry tools and skills.
“I like to think of myself as the innovation behind Earth & Ocean Crafts,”
“There are so many different ways in which to craft jewelry and I always like to challenge myself when it comes to this,” Graham said.
Earth & Ocean Crafts main component is the trusty coconut shell which Graham cuts, shapes and sand papers down to a smooth finish for his wife, Daphne to add her final touch of magic.
“The coconut shell itself is so versatile and unlike other jewelers out here today, we try to retain as much of the shell’s original color and texture as much as possible, while also incorporating other materials like yarn, beads and paints into the design,” Ms. Vela said.
“We try as much as we can to use coconut shells, natural fibers and clay-based paints as these materials are safe for the environment.”
“We prefer eco-friendly for our materials for our handcrafts as you can see, our care towards the environment is portrayed through our business name Earth & Ocean,” said the young mother and aspiring entrepreneur.
Earth & Ocean Crafts are exquisite earrings and they are indeed very beautiful to look at, with a mix of colors, intricate crocheting and vibrant paintings that are exclusive and unique to the jewelry collection.
Ms. Vela has a knack for crocheting and this has been a plus for the humble home-based business. She said that she has always made her own earrings to wear and her creations got the attention of her colleagues.
“Seeing the demand for my crocheted earrings made me realize that I could make and sell earrings as a side hustle as having a fulltime job is not always enough to cater for my family’s needs,” Ms. Vela said.
“There is always a high demand for our handcrafted creations but sometimes, we can’t supply the demand, as we still have our fulltime jobs to attend to as well.”
“This is a growing concern for us as we do not wish to disappoint our clients,” Ravu said.
The Civil Engineering Jeweler couple are as tech savvy as everyone else today and use their social media accounts to conduct business online.
“Facebook is a powerful tool when used correctly and it has really helped us grow our business,” says Ms. Daphne.
“I guess women prefer to buy from someone they can trust and who is genuine, especially on social media.”
Most of my clients have been very willing to deal with me once they meet me in person because they see me as a genuine person,” Daphne added.
Right now, the civil engineers turned jewelry makers have no big plans for their small business but they are working on a new collection of handcrafted pieces of beautiful jewelry and are quite excited to reveal these collection soon on their Earth & Ocean Crafts Official Facebook Page.