Mother and daughter duo and practicing Buddhists Nancy and Dakota Badia started making bracelets as a way to raise money for a Buddhist center, and in 2009 Buddha Mama was born. Nancy abandoned the family spice business to step up production, and Dakota joined her full time in the venture after college. Now, their spirituality strongly influences high-end jewelry designs with Buddhist motifs and Eastern influences, which are recognizable throughout the line in 18k yellow, pink, and white gold, 20k yellow gold, and some sterling silver. “My daughter and I sketch designs together and have them made in Miami and also in our factory in Bangkok,” explains Nancy. Components and chains are handmade, as are one-of-a-kind and limited-edition styles. Sapphires and diamonds, among other precious stones, top off robust silhouettes of Buddhas and Sanskrit-theme styles, and a portion of monthly sales are given to two different Miami-based charities.
Starting retail price: $1,000 in 18k white, pink, and yellow gold and 20k yellow gold, and $250 in silver
Accounts: Two domestic—Levinson Jewelers in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Albert’s Fine Jewelers with two locations in Miami.
Trade fairs: None to date
Retailer buy-in: About 25 pieces
Contact: 305-213-2107; buddhamama.com
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