Helen, with golden teeth

The man at the counter, 18-year-old Joseph Vasquez, offered to clean up any other items she had. Miss Harris’ neat French manicure dipped in and out of pockets until she found the ticket she was looking for. Later 2,600 businesses in the district, Mrs. Harris has found only a few that she believes are as meticulous as she is in their baking process. Finally, she’s interested in molding, casting, stone laying, polishing, and sometimes laser finishing.

“I’m getting everything ready,” Miss Harris said in a soft, warm voice. “I have suppliers with whom I have a wholesale relationship and I work with them in the diamond district, Florida and Louisiana. I think those people are all the best at what they do. What my people in Florida do, people in New York don’t do. So as a business owner and designer, I truly believe that I am selling a product with integrity, even if my hands are not making it.”

Growing up in Milwaukee, Ms. Harris has always been sure of her identity and worth. She remains confident even though she is not always well received by others. Dealing with people in the jewelry business isn’t always easy, she said.

“The diamond district is a difficult place to navigate if you are a diverse person,” she said as she dashed into another building.

“It’s racist, sexist and homophobic,” Ms Harris, a lesbian, said of her experiences in the diamond district. “Sometimes someone is generous enough to admit it to me and try to help me find the best path to accomplishing what I need to do.”

One of those people is Amir Farsijany, 70, who owns Sarah Jewelry and has run a stall in the district for 45 years. Mr. Farsijany advises her on who she can trust and if she is paying too much for any service. He kept an eye on her. “She is one of the most honest people I have ever seen,” he said. “If one day I don’t see her, I text her, ‘What happened to you?'”

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/27/us/helen-with-the-gold-teeth-grills.html Helen, with golden teeth

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