About Me

Hi! Hola!
My name is Desiree and I am the heart & hands behind Mano y Metal: Handcrafted Accessories for Him & Her!
Everything you see in my shop is handcrafted to order with lots o' love♥ by me, for you.
When did it all start? I launched Mano y Metal in October 2010 & have not been able to stop myself from creating jewelry since then! It reminds me of the time I discovered glow-in-the-dark nail polish as a kid and couldn't stop using it to write all over my bedroom walls. Anyway, I am self-taught mostly and despite the frequency of trial of error that occurs by being self-taught, I have loved the creative adventure Mano y Metal has taken me on and the liberty it has given me to explore my fascination with the power of words... Many of the quotes I hand stamp on my pieces are original phrases~word combinations born from my upbringing, state of mind, love of rebellious natures & based on my strong belief that humor keeps the heart young♥. I also find inspiration for new pieces with quotes from iconic persons who I find inspiring such as Virginia Woolf, Frida Kahlo & Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz to name a few.. I find myself creating pieces that I would shop for as a consumer but never found access to.
One-woman army? Yes, that is me. What ever do I mean by that? Well, it turns out being creative is the easy part, aside from designing & handcrafting each of the pieces I am also in charge of marketing, shipping, administrative duties, communication, social media expert, photography & beyond which can all get a little tricky to juggle, but I have a soul of a ninja so that helps. ha. Aside from using my hammer all day, I am a mom, wife, retired-ballerina, vampire-believer, I don't like to wash dishes and I might as well admit that I shamelessly brainstorm new jewelry designs while people think I am listening to them talk.

Thank you for visiting my shop!

Desiree, Mano y Metal