Girls Night Out is an event that is a necessity in any woman’s life. It’s that one night you can relax with a drink of your choice and let out every piece of gossip among a group you trust.
When you add jewelry making to the typical fun night, you get a “Gem Social”. Side Dish, a mobile fashion trunk, has made the “Gem Social” a weekly event that takes place at some of the trendiest bars around town. One of the jewelry designers that you can learn a few tricks from is Alyssa Luberto of Ability by Alyssa. “I’m lucky to be working as one of the jewelry designers and promoter behind it all,” Luberto said. The event is hosted by Side Dish Mobile jewelry boutique which is where my designs are currently being sold and was created by my manager, Lauren.” Before Luberto became a star on the Charm City mobile fashion scene, she interned at Abilities Network, an non-profit that focuses on children and adults with disabilities. “In my younger years I had hard time learning in school,” Luberto said. When I find out I had a learning disability, I felt defeated. I had to find ways to teach myself and is why I choose this internship experience over the rest for this reason. Understanding my disability helped me to see my true ability of becoming hardworking, determined, and motivated. I’m inspired to help people in difficult situations to do the same, I believe in turning all negatives situations into positives outcomes, just like how I turn old jewelry & neglected material into new creations.”
Luberto’s niche for jewelry started with antique shop adventures. Often, she would leave with anitque jewelry and break them a part in order to create new designs of her own. “During college I broke a pair of sandals but I couldn’t bring myself to throw them out,” Luberto said. I saw them transform into a pendant style necklace. I grabbed some glue, got to cutting and within seconds I had these gems around my neck.” The Ability by Alyssa designer continues to challenge her creativity with her series called “Trash to Treasure” where people send old jewelry and random objects that she transforms into new designs. After graduating from Towson University in 2013 with a degree in Marketing, Luberto traveled to Calfornia for a much needed vacation. She spent countless days and nights creating pieces and looking for materials. In the end, she discovered the world of seaglass and one of her main inspirations: the beach. “My design development is simple, I lay material out in from of me, and that’s really it,” Luberto said. My designs have a mind of their own; I’m just there to help guide them together.” Currently, she wears many hats from working full time with Media Star Promotions to teaching jewelry design at “Gem Social” and selling her pieces on mobile fashion trucks like Side Dish and Tin Lizzy Mobile Boutique. However, the Ability by Alyssa mission and business remains her main priority. “I plan to grow my business with time,” Luberto said. With every day that passes a new piece of jewelry, accomplishment, idea, and/or business connection is formed. I’m getting ready to start selling my designs in various stores and In the long run, I would love to see ABILITY as my own store.”