Ada León

Ada Leon

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2010 featuring Glass


Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Toa Alta, Puerto Rico

Describe your artistic style.
Greek inspired, innovative and based on a spiritual human being.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
A goal inspires me every time I put my "hands on duty," giving the people who wear my creations a self-realization message "you are what you live, you wear what you are, you live as you express yourself."

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I like to work with semi precious gems, quartz and fine crystal.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Celestes Bracelet

What inspired this design?
The sky, the mystic and the spiritual.

How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
On elastic cord, attached to one end I started to assemble the Austrian crystals starting with the little ones, then I did the same with the big crystals in a staggered pattern, then started over again until the bracelet was made. The task was done in three lines and secured at the ends.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I started to create garments 26 years ago, when I was 18 years old.

Who introduced you to beading?
Looking to do something different from the ordinary to wear at my Senior Prom.

Do you have an artistic background?
I studied Plastic Arts at Lucchetti School of Arts, located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
Through the internet and looking at magazines like Art Jewelry.

What other hobbies do you have?
Metal embossed craftsmanship, zumba and taekwondo.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
It's my hobby, yet, in the future, my expectation is to make it a way of living.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I would like to have my own store. At this time, my creations are shown at

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Everything you create represents you… show your best.