Maria Chaney is a handmade jewelry designer from Philadelphia. Her company, 4Ward Designs by Ria, produces unique bracelets, handmade for men and women. Chaney has been crafting jewelry for many years. She used to make earrings as gifts for friends and family in her late teens and twenties. Her real passion came much later, around the time Chaney turned forty, and she launched her business in April 2016, becoming one of the few Black business owners making jewelry. Chaney’s inspiration comes from different things. It could be someone’s personality or style, the clothes they wear, or colors. When she does custom pieces, she talks to her clients and finds out what colors they like. She also asks what feel they are hoping to get. Chaney says that she loves designing and crafting wrist art for others: it is her therapy.
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