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Q & A session with Johnna Sabri

 


 

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 “When I think about Johnna, I think about life. Life, in all of its colors.

When I met Johnna, I was a young mother of three and she was about 11 years old. I was taken by her strong drive for intelligence and her creativity. At the time, she loved to play piano and she loved to play with my children.

She quickly became my friend and I looked forward seeing her. I didn’t know much about Johnna’s life at home at first, except that her mother was a paralegal and raising her by herself.  After a while, it became clear to me that her small family was on the brink of homelessness, which was shocking to me. I began to understand something: people struggle, no matter how beautiful, creative, intelligent, or full of live’s potential. We struggle in major ways.

 The only way I knew how to help Johnna was to be her friend. I gave her the most precious item I owned at the time, a bronze piece of jewelry that my mother had given to me. It was my mother’s wedding gift. How fitting, for today, Johnna has become a talented and respected jewelry artist.” – Kirsi-Marja, TAKARA’s Co-founder

 


 

 

Question: Who is Johnna Sabri?

Answer: My name is Johnna Sabri and I am a jewelry designer who has been wire wrapping for just over 10 years. I met Grammy Winning Guitarist, Daryl Thompson (son of Eli Lucky Thompson, the saxophonist) in Atlanta back in 2007 and he taught me everything he knew about jewelry and crystals and how they actually work.

Question: How did you start The Gem Diva and your gallery in Dallas?

Answer: The Gem Diva started as a blog in 2012 for me to showcase my jewelry designs. I started it right after I moved from Atlanta to Dallas. The actual gallery was not mine–it was Kiki and Doug Winter’s gallery. They gave me a really great managing position, with not only the perks of making and selling my jewelry in the gallery, but even invested thousands of dollars worth of supplies over a year’s time. Their belief in my work let me opening our own store in Houston back in May (2017).

Question: How do you spend your days?

Answer: My husband is working full time now so I am usually alone. Which means I get to play in the in home jewelry studio and spend time online making sure the blog is up to date and that I am available for my clients online. I also continue my research in to the science of spirituality (frequencies, wavelengths and how things vibrate and how those vibrations affect your vibration on a day to day basis).

 

 

Question: What is the hardest thing you’ve been through?

Answer: Homelessness on and off since I was 9. Mom had issues with her family and we wound up in Shreveport, LA when I was a kid. However, it wasn’t the only time I was homeless.

It even moved me back in 2007 start a nonprofit (it failed when I moved away, due to again, facing homelessness due to a job not being able to give me hours) which was just the start in a hands-on learning for launching your own business. I never did go to college, so this was my college so to speak.

Question: What are your biggest accomplishments? 

Answer: Starting the nonprofit. Getting that letter from the IRS with my birthday dated as the official date the nonprofit was approved by the IRS. This happened almost two months after my mother died.

I also have two books published, but my greatest was just meeting with Daryl who taught me everything about wire wrapping jewelry.

 

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Question: What are your passions?

Answer: I have more than one but they all stem from the same source–creativity. Whether it’s writing or creating jewelry it always comes from a creative side.

Another one is educating people about healing crystals. Many say it goes against God or that they are just rocks and that they are of the devil, but around 500 years ago, so was cutting up cadavers to see what’s inside.

Crystals do work, but it’s not magic like many believe. Everything resonates at certain frequencies. Energy has three main outputs (as I have learned): Frequency, Formula, and Formation–all simultaneously.

Example: A pyramid a geometric shape. That shape is a formation which also has a vibrational Frequency and a mathematical Formula.

Question: What has fulfilled you most?

Answer: Being married to my loving husband. We married kinda fast–two weeks after we met. That first year was hard due to a culture shock, but we actually took the time to get to know one another during that year and started growing together as a couple.

He is Muslim and he isn’t like what is portrayed on the news or in TV shows. His kindness always reminds me to be kind to others when I’m in a foul mood (it happens to all of us) and having someone who loves you for who you truly are is an amazing feeling.

Question: What is a dream you have not realized?

Answer: Traveling. I’ve never been outside the US. Always wanted to but never had the money or time. Either I was taking care of my mother, didn’t have funds to have a roof over my head at times, or working nonstop to pay bills (sorry savings!).

Today we are growing our savings and making plans, but nothing has been decided yet except to save.

 



Johnna Sabri is currently living in North Carolina and sells her creations online at johnnasabri.com.  As her husband works long days, she spends her at home making jewellery, blogging, listening to music and makes sure her husband gets healthy meals.

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