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

Hi Magali, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind the success of Fifth Element Jewelry is that fact that I genuinely love what I do and my inspiration comes from the heart. Since I started my business in 2015, I’ve tried to steer clear of trends that tend to circulate through the metalsmithing community and instead have developed my own voice and style. The artists in my field (and people in general, for that matter) that I admire the most are the ones who aren’t afraid to express their true authentic selves. It is very powerful when you can sense a person’s authenticity shining through what they do, and it draws you right in. As Terrence McKenna says, “Share your art, share your soul.” I believe that little bit of soul in each of my pieces is what draws people into my work, and has allowed me to continually grow my business.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am just excited to see how my art and my business evolve over the next five to 10 years, both individually and as a part of this ever morphing online marketplace. Creatively and personally, I hope to continually learn new skills. I hope to refine my style into something instantly recognizable while staying true to myself. Most importantly, I hope to maintain creative inspiration by allowing myself time away from my bench to engage in other art forms and to spend time in nature with a keen eye and sense of curiosity. As a businesswoman, I am excited to grow and bend and stretch in whatever direction the online marketplace may turn. I have evolved alongside this marketplace over the past six years. It has been so interesting to observe and participate in online jewelry communities where we have collectively created these brand new pathways to sell our work that have now become as commonplace as catalogs once used to be. I am proud to be part of a community that keeps the ancient art form of metalsmithing fresh and alive, but also creatively utilizes the technology we have to keep viewers engaged and excited, all the while sustaining the spirit of handmade art.

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?
Top food: Illegal Pete’s – a uniquely ‘Denver’ experience. If there’s one thing we love in Colorado, its burritos! Little India for out-of-this-world Indian food. Top art/culture: MCA Denver- enjoy some art and top it off with a cocktail on the rooftop bar. Street art in
rino- there’s no shortage of amazing murals and great places to eat and drink. South Broadway- you’ve got your vegan markets, used book shops, used clothes shops, sex shops… a hipster’s paradise.
Top music: Red Rocks. Cervantes.
Top outdoors/recreation: Hike up Table Mountain in Golden to get a cool view of the Denver skyline, hike any one of our thousands of great trails, spend a few hours at the Earth Treks climbing gym, or lounge around Wash Park for an afternoon.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
So many people to shoutout: my boyfriend Ben, my sister Celine, my friends Audra, Morgan, Lily, and Mairade for being so supportive and for representing my work “out in the wild” so much better than I ever have, every person who’s ever bought anything from me or sent me kind words of encouragement, my parents for encouraging me to pursue my passions in art, my dogs for the cuddles when I need a break from the bench… the list goes on. My success and my story is shared with every person who owns a piece of my jewelry and I would like to give a big collective shoutout to them all.

Website: www.fifthelementjewelry.com

Instagram: @fifthelementjewelry

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