April Star Davis Jewelry
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Here is her story …
Ask just about anyone in Hollywood and they either know April Star Davis or wear her jewelry. It wasn’t always this way. April is a person with a humble beginning …
April Star Davis started making jewelry 14 years ago at a bead store. “I wanted to make things that myself and friends could afford.” So with $60 and some beads, she decided to strike out on her own. “I certainly wasn’t making a lot of money,” said April, “but I really loved what I was doing,”.
Without any Hollywood connections, and frustrated at the hesitation from shops about purchasing jewelry from unknown designer, April decided to try selling to costume designers & stylist as she had worked in that field briefly.
April says, “I was very surprised to find that the shows were so receptive to me and much more responsive than any of the stores I had tried to get my pieces into. Melrose Place was the first series to purchase my jewelry, and then it built up from there.” To this day Denise Wingate, costume designer from Melrose Place, continues work with April’s jewelry, which has been spotted in movies like Employee of the Month, Four Christmases, and The Wedding Crashers as well as Ghosts of Girlfriends Past with Jennifer Garner.
April Star Davis uses a chef’s butane torch and her favorite materials such as sterling, semi-precious stones like jade and pearls, to create her one-of-a-kind rings, bracelets and necklaces that have been showcased on cast members of Nip Tuck, Friends, ER, Charmed, All My Children. Desperate Housewives and Private Practice. Kate Moss, Jessica Simpson, John Leguizamo, Monica Huerte, Justin Timberlake and Tommy Lee have worn April Star Davis jewelry as well. (We are hoping April adds the cast of Best Ever You to her accomplishments.)
Even with the success April has achieved, she has not forgotten how to be help others that need a jump start. April started Designers 4 Africa which is an organization that assists non-profits groups raise money to help with projects in Africa. What makes April unique and stand out amongst others is that she makes everything herself. It is not “farmed out.” The more work she receives, the more she is able to hire local women whom she knows from volunteering in the refugee community in San Diego.
“My desire is to teach women a skill they can make money in and still be with their children while working”
Some companies say buying from them helps different organizations, however with April, you’re truly having a part in everything from local refugee resettlement to teaching in war torn countries.
As a result, April Star Davis has been invited to teach jewelry and micro business to women in Gulu Uganda by 2006 Nobel Peace Prize nominee and star of a Fall Out Boy video Jolly Okot. April is currently assisting the director at the San Diego South Community Center and hoping to go to both Sudan and Uganda this year.
~~~ April went alone to a rural village in Uganda & did start a jewelry business that has been supporting a group of HIV positive widows in Lugazi as well as their children