These are your stories….
The real people that wear Violet Gray, in your own words, about making ceremonies on your own terms.
And also, the rings that you now own and cherish and hopefully one day far into the future, will continue to live on the hands of many generations to come.
Why did you decide to purchase these three particular pieces?
I purchased SAGE first – I had actually pictured her in my mind before I saw her, and once I did I knew I had to call her home. I pictured her on my hand as a companion into my crone years, and going on many adventures with her.
I purchased SOLEIL next because I suffer from depression and I feel very drawn to citrine because of how cheerful, warm, and joyous it it to me. Wearing SOLEIL is like having my own personal ray of light on my hand. I have a quote inscribed on the band: “Turn on the light”, which is part of a longer quote by Albus Dumbledore of the Harry Potter books: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light”.
Finally, I purchased APONI as my third ring because I love the butterfly design and garnets are one of my favorite stones.
I was drawn to the sparkle and beauty of this piece and she reminds me of my flower garden and the butterflies that visit it. Also, it serves as a reminder that sometimes we must undergo (sometimes messy) transformations to achieve the final, beautiful form of ourselves.
When you wear your rings what do they mean to you?
All three of my rings represent different facets of my life and feelings that most times I cannot put into words.
They bring me reminders that there are things of beauty in a sometimes not so beautiful world, and we need to allow ourselves to enjoy that beauty.
How would you encourage other women to feel empowered to define special moments and ceremonies on their own terms and purchase a ring or piece of jewellery for themselves?
I would say, you must do these things for yourself. We are our own biggest fans, our biggest supporters, and gifting ourselves beautiful things such as a ring or other jewelry is an act of self love.
It tells us that it’s ok to give to ourselves in the same capacity as what we give to others we love. We honor the beauty in ourselves – and jewelry, chosen mindfully and with intention – can represent that. It can also define a special moment, an important part of your life’s timeline, or to honor someone you love.
What’s your favourite quote that helps you to feel empowered?
“It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.” –J.R.R Tolkien
What does international women’s day mean to you?
International Women’s Day, to me, is a day to reflect on what we can do as women to help other women, and how we can teach girls to feel empowered and smart and capable, and in charge of their own destinies.
It’s a day for women to feel supported and loved in all the stages of their lives, and to have the confidence to love themselves, as well.