It all starts with the shape of a leaf, the embroidery on a dress, or the tessellation of tiles: small details of everyday beauty that, in the designer’s eye, indicate potential. Then, after a few quick sketches, dirtied hands, and some trial and error, Noelle Munoz brings inspiration into creation through her modern, bold, earthy jewelry.
Drawing from her Mexican heritage and a love of modern architecture, Munoz creates wearable works of art that reflect both bold, vivacious Latin culture alongside the clean, simple lines of modern design.
From the moment Noelle Munoz made her first piece in a high school jewelry-making class, she was hooked: “It is so gratifying to develop my own ideas and translate them; to take raw materials, manipulate them with my own hands, and polish them up into something beautiful,” Munoz explains.
As Noelle began to take to the creative process, connoisseurs quickly began to fall in love with the fruits of her labor – namely, her signature piece, “The Bones Bracelet.” A piece created, as Munoz remembers, mainly by way of floundering and procrastination before (winning) a design competition, The Bones Bracelet soon became a staple of her design repertoire, as well as her own personal style.
Inspired, she says, by the iconic Frida Kahlo’s bold, uninhibited look, Munoz’s work harmonizes elevated and cultured designs, crafting gold and silver metals into mini masterpieces that embellish “those authentic, bold, confident, and free-spirited.” Daring, creative, asymmetrical forms; bohemian beauty and refined rawness, Noelle Munoz Jewelry channels the developing identity of Charlotte through her tasteful, modern eclecticism.
All boldness considered, “I think jewelry is really intimate,” Munoz notes. “It lies against our skin, we feel its weight, its movement, and we use it to project our style, mood, and personality.” This achieved balance between the cherished and the adventurous, vulnerability and courageousness, not only reflects the vision of Noelle Munoz Jewelry, but also the personal journey that led to its success.
Though she had always hoped to start her own business, Noelle admits it took a long time to develop the confidence to really go for it. “There is a lot of risk in going out on your own,” Munoz says, “but, the way I look at it, life is short– you will never regret following your dreams or your heart.”
A celebration of life, love, and self is hand-crafted into each and every unique piece of Noelle Munoz Jewelry and, according to Noelle, to share this celebration is the greatest honor in the pursuit of her passion.
You can find Noelle’s jewelry through her website, or at Charlotte’s Poole Shop.