HOW IT ALL BEGAN
My name is Alexandra and I present you the story of my creation "QUILLAY"
I was born and raised in Peru and since I was a child I fell in love with the world of crystals long before I knew the secrets behind them and the magic they hold. And this is the story of my journey:
My first quartz was given to me by my mother many years ago when she bought me a rough moonstone in a local market, it was so beautiful, it sparkled with different shades of blue, white and purple. I had never been so excited about something as simple as a stone. From that day on I kept the crystal and for years I dreamed of making a necklace with it.
Distracted by other activities and work, day by day I forgot that idea, and even thought it was not possible to do it because it was too complicated to find a way to make jewelry by myself. But the universe is full of endless possibilities, and all you need is an open mind to discover the things waiting for you.
At one point in my life, I felt lost and uncertain about what would make me truly happy and fulfilled. So I decided to pursue that dream I had had in mind for a long time. I made the decision that it was now or never, and I refused to give up this time.
I always loved the idea of raw quartz, as they were already beautiful without the need to give them any different shape and each one was authentic and unique. But I had another vision, I had seen many times handmade jewelry with quartz but never one that I liked because the style was very rustic and I wanted a finer finish, something that you could wear and look good, like an elegant jewel rather than a souvenir of some trip that you would end up forgetting in a drawer. I wanted to combine the idea of having a charm with energy and meaning but with the beauty and delicacy of a fine jewel.
Although I had no knowledge of how to make jewelry I am a designer by profession and all the paths of my life always led me to art. So I found incredible and talented artisans to work with, who make all my creations come true and my dreams have become a reality. Now we are a great team in Peru working together hand in hand and supporting each other's growth.
That's how my first jewelry brand was born in Peru in 2014. This brand lasted for many years and I thank it from the bottom of my heart, because it taught me all the things I know now. But as in everything, the laws of the universe are in constant motion and I was not going to be the exception. Life brought me to Europe, to set on a new path and to think of a future far away from my home but close to my love.
So in the middle of a pandemic and with everything going against the wind, I brought my company to Switzerland, starting again from scratch but this time in a foreign land. As I was starting a new life, a new beginning, I decided that it would be a new jewelry brand, with another name, similar concept but much better, more beautiful and with a deeper meaning.
In the face of a new challenge, I needed someone I could trust unconditionally and at the same time aligned with my values to help manage my company from afar. I was so lucky my sister joined the project, and lately my mother, and together we are growing and supporting each other towards a common purpose. Without Angie, none of this would have been possible. It's amazing what can be achieved with the help of those we trust and love.
With confidence in the future and trusting that this new concept was going to be loved here I started this adventure. Now we proudly exist as Quillay in Switzerland and in Peru.
This is how "QUILLAY" was born, created with love in order to give a piece of magic from earth to each person who acquires it. Handmade pieces worked one by one with positive intentions, dreams, and happiness.
Now our biggest dream and mission in life is to spread a little of this positive energy and vibration to others. Guided by the universe, we have the purpose to expand the knowledge of the crystal realm through the beauty of jewelry.
I hope you enjoy it!