We had the good fortune of connecting with Julia Galvan and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Julia, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I always remember the saying without risk there’s no reward. My whole life I’ve been taking risks and I am so glad I did because all of my experiences came with lessons and rewards. By taking risks I have gotten a scholarship, jobs, traveled the US, prequalified for the Olympics. All because I took a risk. Including my business if I didn’t take a risk I would not be here today.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have a great love and appreciation for gems and minerals and love making jewelry and the two organically came together for me. I started making jewelry when I was 10 years old and have always used it as a form of meditation and I use this energy to create intentional and personal jewelry people can treasure. The biggest challenge is taking the risk to start jewelry business. There’s a lot of competition and you really have to separate yourself from the others. I have learned so many lesions along the way but my biggest is quality and customer service. Part of my mission is to give back with my jewelry. Not only will you feel good when you wear it but you’re a part of the change. I am working towards all sustainable and eco friendly practices as well as partnering with One Tree Planted where for each piece of jewelry sold I will plant one tree.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to visit several cities Phoenix, Sedona, Prescott, Jerome and Flagstaff. I am a big outdoors person and so I would be taking them to fun places like Verde River, or the hot springs, maybe meteor crater or go hike a mountain. Places to eat would definitely be Valle Luna, Wild Tuna, Gladly’s and some of the fun Vegan restaurants off of 7th St in downtown Phoenix. Depending on the time they were here we would probably find some fun festivities in the city or surrounding areas. There is so much to do here but I know more about the outdoor places and so that’s what I would recommend.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mom

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Amethyst Mine- Steve (last name unknown) he is photographer for MSA Club

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