The Secret Message Inside Each Of Our Rings

 Jewelry by Purposerosa, Photograph by Branden Paillant

Jewelry by Purposerosa, Photograph by Branden Paillant

 
BY YARMINIAH ROSA

I'll be honest, at times the creation process can be very isolating and frustrating, but when all is said and done its so gratifying to see a thing from your brain out in the real world. Before producing Unbound, our first ever silver jewelry collection made in Bali, most of my time was spent in the studio brainstorming and creating new designs, packing orders, sitting in front of a computer screen creating content for our site, behind a camera shooting interviews for our Purpose Is series or editing photos or video of our collections.

It wasn't until we began vending at craft fairs all over Brooklyn, that I began meeting you in person, and I gotta say, meeting you makes the countless hours of creation completely worth it. Some moment's I'll absolutely never forget, like when a young lady came specifically to Renegade Craft fair looking for us because they saw and loved our jewelry featured on Racked.com. At the time, I had no clue Racked even knew who we were, much less that we were a featured brand on their site! Or that time when a couple came to our booth at MoCADA and the boyfriend came back alone a half hour later to buy the earrings she was eying as a surprise. Y'all are some special folks and the fact that you're even reading this right now is already making me emotional. I look forward to meeting more of you later this year as we do our summer fair circuit (if you want more details, subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of this page). Thanks for your your support, always. Like, for real. OK, enough with the gushy stuff, what I wanna tell you about is my note to you.

 In our Brooklyn Studio (read: the living room of my old apartment) pretending like I am writing something when really, I'm just posing for the promotional video we made for our   Barona necklaces  . But jokes aside, this is really what I look like writing messages to slip into your orders. Still from a video shot by Tyler Gathro

In our Brooklyn Studio (read: the living room of my old apartment) pretending like I am writing something when really, I'm just posing for the promotional video we made for our Barona necklaces. But jokes aside, this is really what I look like writing messages to slip into your orders. Still from a video shot by Tyler Gathro

The workflow of creating the Unbound jewelry collection was involved, but being that each piece is made in Bali from 100% silver, it was a radically different process than that of any other Purposerosa collection. Though I hand picked all the mirror pieces for the collection and designed it all myself, it was the first time in Purposerosa history that Yaminah and I were not the ones physically making each design. It was definitely an adjustment to get used to, but one that came with some perks, like the luxury of growing out my nails, an indulgence I never knew I was missing out on! 

As I was wrapping up design decisions for Unbound, I knew I wanted our rings to be personalized. There is something about a ring being in your line of sight the entire time you wear it that offers a unique opportunity for me to connect with you. Also, as a word geek, I just couldn't pass up the yummy opportunity to inscribe on metal. It didn't take long for me to decide what I wanted each ring to say on the inner band.

While I cannot meet each of you in person, "you are purposed" is my little way of saying I see you and I appreciate you. Take  it as a steady reminder that you matter and that you have a reason to be here on Earth. I guess I went right back to the gushy stuff, huh? I can't help it, I love y'all!

Is there a specific word or phrase you'd like to see incribed in our next collection? Comment below with your suggestions!

 Images of jewelry from our   Unbound Collection

Images of jewelry from our Unbound Collection