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Santa Monica Black-Owned Businesses and Entrepreneurs (Part 7 in a Series)

August 11, 2020 9:00 AM
by Kathy Lo

Santa Monica Black-Owned Businesses and Entrepreneurs (Part 7 in a Series)

We recently interviewed a variety of Black-owned Business Owners in Santa Monica to hear their unique story and perspectives.  Read on to hear about these small business owners throughout our City and how the Santa Monica community can provide support.  This is Part 7 in a series. If you are a Santa Monica business, and you’d like to add your story, email   

On a related note, the City of Santa Monica is working with community members to create a Black Agenda as part of our commitment to equity across our city.  Get involved and find out more>>

Santa Monica Designer Turns Her Passion Into Beautiful and Bespoke Jewelry (Part 7 in a Series)

YM JEWELS is a reflection of culture, an ode to art, and a timeline of interwoven stories, manifested through creative expression. Read on to understand her story and unique perspective about owning a business in Santa Monica>> 

Business Name:  YM JEWELS 

Business Owner:  Ayana Robinson 

Brief History:  As a professional jewelry designer based in Santa Monica since 2010, Ayana Marie, owner of YM JEWELS, enjoys testing the limits of what materials can do, and is fascinated by how particular items can be created in unique ways. She believes the aim of every project is to craft well-designed works of art that are beautiful and functional. Above all, her passion for design and creation comes from the desire to bring incredible ideas to life. 

Why did you decide to open a business here in Santa Monica?  I was born and raised in Santa Monica and wanted to create something for my community I had never seen before. 

What types of products/services do you offer?  Jewelry, clothing and accessories. 

How can the Santa Monica community support you and other Black owned businesses?  You can support my business by shopping online with us at or by following us on Instagram @ymjewels or adding us on Facebook: YM JEWELS. 

What information do you want the Santa Monica community to know?  

Black men matter 

Black women matter 

Black children matter 

Black possibilities matter 

Is there anything else you wanted to share?  Please enjoy $5 off your purchase on our site: Use Promo Code: YM 

Contact Information:    

(424) 645-7583 | 

Hours of operation:    

Online only 

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