Growing up in an exotic mining community in Minas Gerias, Brazil, Elizabeth Frai was introduced to the colorful world of gemstones at an early age. Her father was a gemstone miner and she would frequently visit the work site with him. The deep blues, intense greens and vibrant orange-colored stones captivated her. She would often sketch designs for unique bands to complement each beautiful stone that was found that day.
As she got older, her love for gemstones blossomed and became her passion. When she immigrated to Miami, Florida, she brought a piece of home with her: her gemstone experience. She took gemology courses to learn about the different cut, color and quality. Her childhood experience with her education working in tandem, she began to manufacture her designs of perfect gold settings specifically built for gemstones and diamonds.
She then co-founded Mishema Jewelry Design with her husband, who was a diamond jeweler, to share her passion with the world. She now creates one-of-a-kind jewelry that keeps the integrity of each rare gemstone’s shape, while complementing each unique color with her designs. Because of her close relationship to her hometown gem miners, she creates her collections using only the most extraordinary gemstones mined from Minas Gerias, Brazil. She sets them in only 18K or 14K white or yellow gold and the best diamonds.
Elizabeth’s Orchid collection is a labor of love and one of the most personal gifts she can share with the world. It was her first collection for her company and the most best-selling. The intense purple AMETHYST stones are the most loved, as well as the rare delicate-orange MORGANITE stones. A new addition to the collection is the cloudy white MOONSTONE stones which add a chic neutral look to any finger or neck. A personal favorite is the deep blue TOPAZ that adds the perfect pop of color to any outfit.