About Us


 Desireé - Founder of Gems By Mocha

(Picture by Ty Pleas)
Desireé was born and raised in Panama. A few years ago she decided to move to the U.S. and upon her arrival, she constantly got asked where she was from and how come she spoke Spanish so well. This is when she realized that more platforms for Afro Latinas and Caribbean women needed to be created and that representation was necessary.

She is passionate about bringing awareness to her Afro Latin - Caribbean culture, travel, and jewelry with a purpose. She has also created a meet-up group to connect with other Afro Latina women in her area and exchange their love for their culture with others.

Living far away from home she realized she wanted to make sure she always had something to represent her. She started to use a Panamanian necklace and started to get several compliments about it including Panamanians wishing they also had one.

She realized that just like her, several other foreigners away from home, still want to feel connected to their roots.
Shortly after she started working on her jewelry line, and “Gems By Mocha” was created. A jewelry line for the strong, ambitious, and sophisticated individual. A person that is proud of their culture and feels empowered when they represent it.

Our founder strongly believes that representation matters and at Gems By Mocha, we want to make sure we are ALL represented.