Diamonds For Her

 

 

Diamonds for Her is my new jewelry line of custom designed wire wrapped jewelry with only fine metals and raw, uncut diamonds. I chose raw uncut diamonds because of their affordability, availability, and uniqueness. Many people have cut and faceted diamonds and even prefer it–but there is something unique and inspiring about the diamond in it’s raw state.

It doesn’t sparkle, shine or make a loud statement. Instead, it’s a small, silent whisper of perseverance and a gentle reminder of your strength. Set in your choice of Sterling Silver, 14K Gold or 14K Rose Gold filled wire, 14K Yellow or White Gold, or .950 Platinum, each peace will be designed with a unique wire weaving detail by hand by me.

Diamonds For Her will benefit the women wearing the jewelry, but the message will also go further beyond. You have many options when empowering others but when you request a custom design from the Diamonds For Her Line, you get a unique, one of a kind custom designed jewelry piece that benefits a nonprofit organization empowering women. You will get a copy of the donation receipt (the receipt a nonprofit gives to it’s donors for tax purposes) for your records.

80% of the profits from each sale of a custom jewelry design from the Diamonds For Her line will benefit a charity/nonprofit. Examples of nonprofits are the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children, The Atlanta Women’s Foundation, Refugee Women’s Network and Every Woman Works, Inc.

Why I Launched Diamonds For Her

Once upon a time there was a little girl who had many dreams. She wanted to be a president, an artist, a writer, and other things. In her mind’s eye she was all of that. She would stare off into space wondering how she could do what she wanted to do–to just be. Her dreams protected her fragile mind from her harsh reality: homelessness. She was one of millions of American families that were homeless on any given night. 

That little girl was me. My mother, a great mom, was fighting traumas that I will never know the full details of. She stood, beaten down, against people doubting her, telling her that she was worthless, that something was wrong with her, but still she stood. She stood with a strength of an army.

I don’t remember much of my childhood, but I remember the cold winters, not being able to bathe, my mother trying to hide her pain and me wanting to know why my father didn’t want anything to do with me. Being unwanted was something I learned I was as a child–taught not by my mother but by the people who hurt her.

I grew up, surviving homelessness with her on and throughout my preteens until we wound up in Louisiana, far away from her family and traumas and where people started to believe in her. She blossomed like a broken flower in the light of the sun. One day, I was around 11, we were in a mall.

One lady walked up to me and looked at me with the oddest expression. She then turned to my mother and said, “I need to give this to your daughter. It’s $20 and it’s not about the money but about the message,” My mother gave her consent and the woman looked at me right in the eye and said, “You are going to go far. You are going to make a difference in the lives of a lot of people,” handed me the $20 and took off.

Whenever I am at my darkest moments, I hear that lady’s voice in my head even now.

 

Fast forward to 2005. Hurricane Katrina and Rita, situations that let me homeless. Katrina didn’t hit Shreveport, but I was evicted by my landlord because a movie star bought out his building for a movie that was supposed to have been produced in New Orleans.

 

We took a trip to North Carolina and my instincts said to take as much of my jewelry and jewelry making supplies as I could. I learned to listen to my instincts so I did. We get there and  while we were deciding on whether to stay or go back to Houston, tragedy struck. I got phone calls from friends and neighbors saying our apartment was underwater. The store was gone. Hurricane Harvey struck.

While my husband was working in a job that he hated, I was at home, writing, making things, and trying to figure out why I am here. What is my purpose. What makes me want to live and I realized that I was not where I was supposed to be. Mo lost his job. We were struggling and then we decided that we would give Atlanta a try. I have people here and my old job back.

And upon arriving, I realized that my true purpose is to just be. On this journey I learned several things but the most important lesson that was the hardest to learn was that It Is Okay To Fail. I have been beating myself up over my failure for the nonprofit. However being back in Atlanta, I had old friends come back and tell me that even though it failed, I had inspired them. My words, my deeds and my art left an impact.

 

I moved to Atlanta. Homeless. Lost. My mother was there, barely surviving on her own. She’d lost her job in Louisiana and took a chance. I went in to Job Corps, embraced my creativity and had a dream. I wound up on the front page of The Brunswick News, the local paper in the area. The dream, though, turned into a failed nonprofit. While on my journey of trying to make this dream happen, I met a Grammy Winning musician who saw something in me. His family said I was theirs. He taught me something unique–the art of wire wrap jewelry. He said it would go far.

No one said I would fail. Everyone I met all believed in me.  In school I was taught that people will tell you that you would fail and to ignore them, so having people NOT do that was empowering. When I spoke of my dreams to strangers, they looked me in the eye and said it would succeed–and I could see actual belief.

My mother died and her death left me broken. I wound up in Texas, and found love. I became a wife, made friends and even though we were happy, deep down, I felt as if I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to be doing.  Life happened and I really beat myself up for letting everyone who believed in me down when I did fail. We struggled financially and opened up an office–twice-and it closed. I wound up managing an art gallery and selling my jewelry as my skills got better. I made friends and enemies who hated what I stood for. Then the mall closed and we were jobless. We took a shot on Houston. It was summer 2017.

On the first day of Mercury Retrograde, our truck was stolen. Luckily, I had a little shop for my jewelry in a mall and we lived across the street. However the sales were very slow. Then my husband got a job offer in North Carolina. I was all for it because it was close to Atlanta, a place where I once believed in myself.

For the nonprofit we did do many amazing things. It may have failed but we set out to do what we wanted at that time: to raise awareness about homelessness in the USA. We were the first to bring World Homeless Action Day, an international awareness project that spans several nations, to Atlanta.

We were supported by several venues and businesses. The Masquerade, a well known venue that I was told hard to get opened its doors to us.  Despite the major failure, we had very small successes that are still worth celebrating today because while you are on your journey, those successes are going to be the reminders during the dark times of why you are doing what you are doing. Of why you are here.

Elon Musk once said he will never give up. No matter what. In fact he even said he thought Tesla and SpaceX would fail, but he did it anyways. Prince Ea says to be patient with your life and life path–that flowers don’t grow at the same speed. Don’t compare your position to that of others. Alex Boye says that when he sings with a heart of a lion, nothing stands in his way. Daryl Thompson, son of legendary saxophonist, Lucky Thompson, once told me that I don’t need a dad–he will always be there. And taught me how to wire wrap jewelry.

These people got me to thinking, what can I do to contribute? How can my jewelry do more and go further? And what exactly should it do? How should it help?

Other Ways Of Getting Involved

 

I am looking for people and businesses who would like to partner with me in making an impact. I am looking for people who will help cross promote, sponsor event space, and advertise Diamonds For Her. Whether it’s on the radio or on your blog, the more people doing, the more women we can empower together.

This is not a nonprofit charity. Instead, I am bringing together people to encourage mothers and daughters everywhere that you must never give up on yourself no matter what. What better way of convey that message than handmade diamond jewelry?

Click here to contact me about getting involved.

To start the design process for a custom jewelry design from the Diamonds For Her line, click here.