Have you ever connected with someone who instantaneously stood out to you? Jasmine Myers is one of those people. Jasmine is the owner and designer behind the jewelry making shop on Etsy, BamaRy and about a month ago she reached out to me about creating a personalized necklace for me. In exchange I told her I would be willing to share my honest thoughts and reflections about the experience and the piece itself.
I’ve become fairly picky about the products I choose to review because I don’t want my blog to turn into a giant billboard. However, when small businesses reach out to me and I see that they are doing great things I love spreading the word. If you didn’t know I purchased the majority of my decorations for our wedding off of websites like ETSY because of this very reason.
Let me first share a little bit of background on how Jasmine began her creative journey.
From Heartbreak to Healing: Escaping Grief One Necklace at a TimeWhen my husband and I lost our first and only pregnancy (twins) in February of 2012 after years of infertility, I was shattered.A born creative, I immediately found myself scrambling for a way to work out this grief in the only way I know how: by creating. For the majority of my career, I’ve vacillated between writing and making jewelry, the two passions and skill sets that I know best, without ever landing on the one that really “fit.”On a short trip to celebrate our anniversary (and take a break from our sorrow), my husband and I happened upon a flea market in the Fremont area of Seattle, WA. Digging in a box of buttons and miscellaneous jewelry parts, I discovered some brass discs, five of them, which read: “wish,” “believe, “create,” “imagine,” and “dream.”These five simple discs reminded me that we all have a choice in life when it comes to how we handle both grief and happiness. Joy can be created; happiness can be built and re-built. I will never be destroyed as long as I continue picking up the pieces.I walked away from that trip with those five discs and with a realization: I didn’t have to choose between my passions. I didn’t have to be a writer or a jeweler. I could be both.Of this grief and the process of working through it, bama + ry was born. I create highly personal copper and nickel silver jewelry that is rustic and comfortable. It’s the kind of jewelry you wear everyday, not just on a special occasion.Everything in my shop is done by my two hands. The process of pounding metal, of positioning letters just so in order to string them into words and phrases, names and places. These are things that mean something to me, or in the case of custom work, to the wearer. In this way, I am making something much more than jewelry.Right now, I should have been a mother to twins, but instead I have created a thriving business that perfectly combines two vocations I love. As bama + ry grows, I will always be grateful for the mixed curse/blessing that has allowed me to chase my dreams.
Do something good every day.
When she asked me what I wanted I decided on a necklace. I don’t wear a ton of jewelry but I do love necklaces. With that being said it took me less than a minute to realize I’d want something that I can wear when I’m running to encourage me during those hard miles… and when it arrived she did not disappoint.
One of the first verses I memorized and repeated on my runs when I first started running was Proverbs 3:5-6. I don’t typically talk religion on my blog but it is a verse that I hold close to my heart and has inspired me and I do talk about inspiration.
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Jasmine would like to offer all of my readers a 20% off discount using the code OLIVE20. The code will expire on October 10th, 2013 so get ordering!
If you do purchase something I want to see it! Connect with me and share your experience!
What is your favorite piece of jewelry? (necklaces, bracelets, rings)
What would you get engraved on a piece of customized jewelry?
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