I’m Cloyette Harris-Stoute, the founder and designer of New York-based Jewelry Brand, Twin Elegance. My collections are designed with women in mind to inspire confidence and encourage bold self-expression. Centered around elements of strength and self-love, my interchangeable aesthetic is infused with heart and pear shapes, zodiac symbols, and natural gemstones that evoke sentimental feelings and delivers timeless styles.
The strength of confidence that the women in my family have exuded, coupled with my appreciation of the fine jewelry that my mom has passed down to me, inspired my passion for creating quality keepsake jewelry that celebrates and empowers women. I am also profoundly influenced by my birth country's rich culture and customs.
Born and raised in Guyana, South America, I grew up watching the women in my family stylishly dressed in striking handmade high-karat gold jewelry that is passed down from generation to generation. Gifting gold jewelry to newborn babies and young children is also a widely practiced tradition that my parents embraced, which exposed me as a child wearing bangles, drop earrings, cross necklaces, and tiny finger rings. These experiences have fueled my interest in becoming a jewelry designer.
After receiving training in jewelry metalsmith at the Jewelry Arts Institute in New York City and sculptural jewelry and 3D Wax Carving at the Art League of Long Island, I took a few years off to focus on my family. During this time I launched a launched a blog to celebrate and empower Guyanese women. In 2021, I decided to merged my twin passions; women empowerment with jewelry designing and launched Twin Elegance.
When I'm not designing jewelry, I'm sharing inspiring stories about exceptional women from my country and community on my blog, Guyanese Girls Rock!, or leading a mentoring, leadership development and scholarship program for teen girls through my non-profit, Guyanese Girls Rock Foundation, Inc.
The Twin Elegance message "Keep Your Confidence Wrapped in Jewels" is a reminder for us as women to embrace our inner elegance, celebrate our femininity, successes and milestones and to always adorn ourselves with confidence.