Let's face it, we all love stories. They are a constant part of our lives. We each create our own story every day that we get up and live and breathe. We become absorbed by stories that we are reading, or hearing, or watching on a big or small screen. We relish the stories we hear when we are gathered with friends and family most of all because they are about people we love, people we spend time with, and in some cases, people who we are related to but never knew.
Stories are how we make sense of our own lives. Every day is a mix of various characters and situations that bring up never-ending plot twists. And at the end of the day, we hold onto the important aspects, filter out the frivolous, unimportant details, and try to make sense of it all.
Your actions in what you do, what you wear, and how you look, all tell a story too. You take time out of your busy day to sit and listen to a friend who is going through something. You wear your best suit to a job interview. Your closet is full of clothing and accessories that reflect your personality and personal style.
It's the same with jewelry. Jewelry helps define who we are, how we view ourselves, what is important to us, and where we are in life. Most people wear jewelry that commemorates special moments in our lives, such as wedding and engagement rings. Some people wear jewelry because it shows our status or where we are in life, like wearing a fancy Rolex watch. And some people wear jewelry because it reflects their taste, style, and what they love, like wearing a piece of artistic jewelry that makes you feel pretty and stand out a bit from the crowd.
When I create the pieces in my jewelry collections, I always have a story in mind. Something inspired it, then my mind took it and ran with it, and then my hands changed it up a bit as I was making it. (Yeah, that's pretty much my process.) Each design I create has its own unique story, and my hope is that it resonates with someone who loves the story and the piece so much that they then make it part of their own life story.
Jewelry should be something you want to wear, not have to wear. It should be a little bit romance, a little bit whimsical, and a little bit magic. It should be something that makes you feel beautiful, confident, and maybe even sentimental. And it should be inspired by the things you love, cherish, and dream about, and sometimes it might even transport you to a different place. It should help tell your story, because your story is important.