Onica Cupido, owner of Beaded Zen in New York City, is a jewelry designer working primarily with semi-precious stones, sterling silver and 14kt gold-filled. Beaded Zen uses gemstones for their therapeutic meanings and colors as well as their natural beauty because we believe that you should feel as great as you look.
Like most artistic types my creative interests started in childhood with drawing, painting and anything else that caught my inner muse attention. It wasn't until attending the High School of Fashion Industries that I found a main outlet for all my creative energy and I began my learning process.
In 2000, after working in the jewelry industry for over 5 years, I started my company Beaded Zen Designs. The name Beaded Zen comes from the feeling I experience when working on a project. There's something spiritually, emotionally and mentally soothing about working with gemstones. Since I truly believe that jewelry made with gemstones is therapeutic, I mainly use sterling silver and 14k gold-filled components mixed with pearls and natural semi-precious gemstones like amethyst, garnet, citrine and turquoise to name a few.
While some of my designs come from the current fashion trends they are expanded to take on a new dimension, which brings a different energy and feeling. Most of my work is simple in style and look with shapes that are pure in form with unusual combinations. Perfect for the office, the evening or the weekend, my handcrafted designs appeal to those looking for something that's more than just "jewelry" with simplicity, elegance and meaning.