At my Bronx reading a couple weeks ago, one of the women who participated in the research for Hijas Americanas attended wearing beautiful, eye-catching jewelry. Turns out she has launched a jewelry company, Cruz Avenue, inspired by her Latin American heritage. The jewelry itself is one way that she is deliberately embracing her culture, and I just loved that expression. The pieces are hand-made, and the materials are acquired from Colombia, Brazil, and Mexico. I thought some of you might be interested in knowing about her work so I asked her to share some photos of her work with me. You can learn more about the designs and designer at the Facebook page for Cruz Avenue or by emailing Stephanie@cruzavenue.com.