Brand Stories: Vania

Vania Jewellery New Zealand "I Am Balanced" Auckland "Mount Eden" Gifts

Introducing Vania Truchess.

How do you get inspired?

I get inspired by places I've travelled, colour mixtures I see on my adventures, nature and its' different colours.

Can you tell us a little bit about what you were doing before this?

I used to be a sales representative for a company that sold sugar and edible oils.... Always had my craft on the side and some part time jobs here and there... But crafting with my hands has always been my passion.

Tell us about the birth of your business.

It started 3 years ago when I left my sales rep job and decided to turn my hobby into a business. It was super scary at the time, but I am super proud I took the leap and did it. Since I was a little girl, I've been curious about making things with my hands, fixing things. Always drawing, pottering around with trinkets and potions.

Are there any values or ideas that you will always base your business decisions on?

I'd say that offering items that have been crafted by hand will always be part of my product portfolio.

I have a passion for craft and artisan made items... From furniture, shoes, jewellery to pieces of art and sculptures.

I get inspired by places I've travelled, colour mixtures I see on my adventures, nature and its' different colours.

What do you love most about your products? And what’s your favourite product. Pick one!

I love the earthy colours and shapes. My favourite ones are the Classic Daydreamer earrings, no doubt.

What are your personality traits that have helped you with your successes?

Hmmm being an extrovert has definitely helped me put myself out there. Not to say that I don't have my shy days!

Have there been unexpected life or business lessons since this journey started? Please share!

Up until now, nothing major to report... I am ready for what the future has in store for me though!

What are some things that you do to take care of yourself?

I meditate once or twice a day, limit coffee, recently reduced my alcohol and meat intake, have a bath every now and then. When I get time a mask or a massage

Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself and your business?

YES!, my newest range A BIT OF FUN...

This new range has its roots in the hectic and unpredictable nature of 2020. While decluttering during the first lockdown, I found a whole heap of beads that deserved a new life. A BIT OF FUN is mindfully hand-crafted in New Zealand, utilising an eclectic but vibrant mix of Murano glass, seed beads, natural gemstones and my biggest range of freshwater pearls I’ve collected from my travels over the years.