Aldo Orta Jewelry
Aldo Orta, the Mexican born entrepreneur funded by Barbara Corcoran and Kevin Harrington in season two, returns to the Shark Tank in episode 411 for an update on his progress. Aldo Orta is both the name of the entrepreneur and the name of the business; the eponymously named jewelry collection is making big sales on QVC. It’s too bad Aldo Orta appeared on Shark Tank before Lori Greiner, the Queen of QVC, became a Shark; she might have sped up the process of putting Aldo Orta on the popular shopping channel.
Aldo Orta Jewelry
Aldo Orta jewelry is wearable art in the truest sense of the word. “My approach blends ancient and traditional metalworking techniques, using silver and high carat golds as well as precious and semi-precious gemstones, selected as much for their spiritual energy as for light and color.” says Aldo. When Aldo Orta first appeared in episode 208 in season two, he was already well know as a jewelry artist to the rich and famous. He designed jewelry for clients like Prince Albert of Monaco, Calvin Klein, Elizabeth Taylor, the Bacardi Family and more. What he wanted to do was bring the Aldo Orta line to the masses.
Aldo Orta Jewelry
While Orta continued to study and expand his knowledge of the arts, he learned that spirituality and mythology interested him. He used this fascination to fuel a new artistic outlet, which would later become Aldo Orta Jewelry. This line of jewelry is supposed to showcase Orta’s love for his Mexican heritage in addition to incorporating mythologies from across the globe. He wants to expose people to a new kind of beauty as well as allowing people to expression their passions through accessories.
Aldo Orta is the latest Shark Tank success story. He exudes the entrepreneurial confidence of the immigrant entrepreneurs that made this country great. The update segment will undoubtedly reflect his dedication, eye for art, business acumen, and his successful Shark Tank pitch. Many entrepreneurs enter the Shark Tank, few emerge with the completed vision of their business with the style of Aldo Orta.
Orta has been providing wealthy celebrities and prestigious royal families with his custom jewelry for a long while now. He knows that people love the beauty in his product, but he wants to be able to expose a wider array of people to his work. What he wants to do with Aldo Orta Jewelry is to make a new line of detailed jewelry that can be sold at a more affordable rate. However, he is going to need some help for that. What he needs in someone with retail experience and connections. Someone who can front him some money to start working on the new line and guide him towards supplying the mass market. What better place to do that than ABC’s Shark Tank?
Harrington already has a lot of connections within QVC. He knows how it works and has certain insurances in place. However, he wants to make sure that Orta will be able to make this work. He has to be able to play up his connections with royal families and talk about how spectacular his jewelry artwork really is. Orta is confident that he will be able to appeal to general America and Corcoran has the utmost faith in him as well. Then, after a few moments of weighing the pros and cons, a deal is made. Orta couldn’t be any happier as he walks away from the Shark Tank with two new investors into his business.
Originally from Mexico, Aldo Orta recently relocated his business and design studio to the Chicago area. Orta’s sculptures are still displayed at many government offices in his native Mexico and he still does private design for the rich and famous. His jewelry is available to us regular folk on QVC. His designs rely heavily on historical and mythological imagery, revealing a classic style that people seem to adore.
Robert Herjavec inquires on the inspiration for Orta’s designs and style, wondering if it’s culturally or sexually inspired. For Orta, it’s easy for him to draw ideas from history and mythology because his goal is to unite all cultures together. He takes iconic symbols from different religions and mythologies and creates beautiful works of art from them. This is to allow people to represent themselves and their identities. Orta’s overall goal is to expose people to all kinds of backgrounds through art.
That leaves three more Sharks in the tank. Next to make their decision is Herjavec. He really enjoyed being able to appreciate Orta’s work, but middle class America still wouldn’t be capable of affording these pieces. So he doesn’t invest. Barbara Corcoran is in awe of Orta and decides that if QVC is still willing to partner with him, she will give half of the $180k and Harrington will give the other.
There is true dedication and passion in each of Aldo’s pieces and it definitely shows. Customers can appreciate the time and thought he puts into his work, just like Barbara and Kevin did. The only issue that potential customers may face is that these pieces of jewelry are still generally expensive, but are also very good quality. Either way, Aldo has been able to get his name out there and make a success out of his one true passion in life and that is the greatest accomplishment a person could ever achieve.
Kevin O’Leary is still stuck on the fact that Orta is running a one man show. If something were to happen to him, the entire business would be finished and he would lose his money. That isn’t a risk that O’Leary is willing to take so he doesn’t make an offer, despite genuinely enjoying the pitch. And John just can’t see the sense in investing into jewelry when so many people are struggling to pay their mortgages. The jewelry is beautiful, but there just aren’t enough people out there who are capable of affording it.
As of right now, all of the designs and artwork are made by him only and he plans to keep it that way. The Sharks see an issue in this because if something were to happen to him, the entire business would sink. In addition to that, creating a line of jewelry that costs under $200 might prove to be pretty difficult. Then, to make matters worse, Daymond John points out that nobody is buying jewelry in today’s economy.