Houston’s Very Own Gem
by Todd Ramos
Angelica Ximenes’ signature designs and bright gems are livening up the Houston social scene. This Latin beauty has always had a sparkle in her eye for designing, from architecture to jewelry. Angelica cultivated her skills at the well-known Glassell School of Arts. This is where she was nurtured and encouraged by teacher Sandra Zilker. Angelica continued her education at the Gemological Institute of America, where she received her degree as a gemologist. Within the industry, Rene LaLique and Jean Schlumberger were designers that she admired most.
Angelica travels all over from Colombia to New York to Brazil for her precious natural gems. These unique pieces are so beautiful, exotic and elegant that every woman simply must have one. Ladies, if you love exquisite accessories, you must visit her boutique. Angelica customizes her jewelry for her clientele. Each piece is designed specifically with each client in mind. She designs bracelets, rings, pendants, earrings, broaches and many other beautiful pieces. Currently, she makes interchangeable jewelry, meaning, for example, that a pendant also can be worn as a broach. She uses only natural gems in her work, and you can tell that these are one-of-a-kind pieces with the finest quality and worth every cent. These are gems that will be passed on from generation to generation.
Californians were the first to enjoy Angelica’s talented designs. Her very first customers were the infamous Playboy magazine playmate sisters Sharon and Shannon Tweed. She has designed for Denise Quinones, Ms. Puerto Rico 2000 and reigning Ms. Universe. Other celebrity customers include: Linda Hamilton, Cher, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Olivia Newton-John, Demi Moore, Jane Seymour, Stevie Nicks and Sara Fleetwood. In 1994, Angelica decided to return home to Houston where her family lives. Since her return, Houston society – from the ASIA Society, Rain Forest Foundation, Houston Grand Opera, Carolyn Farb, Marilyn Chambers, Ann Chow, Kristy Benson and Cindi Rose – has discovered the gems of Angelica. “Angelica is a creative muse whose beautiful and innovative designs enhance each individuals own unique aura. Her jewelry reflects her inner beauty and spirit,” says Farb.
Her designs can be seen through trunk shows at Neiman Marcus at the Galleria and Town & Country, Venetto Collections in Uptown Park and Finishing Touch inside the Salon on Post Oak. Angelica’s designs will be available to view at a Neiman Marcus trunk show Sept. 5-6. You can visit her Web site at www.exadesigns.com.