At a museum show, a woman stood admiring one of my necklaces. When I took it off of the display so she could try it on, she said something that was very interesting to me. As she placed it around her neck, she talked about how pretty it was but concluded that it was too fancy for her. And yet, she continued to admire it for a bit longer before she very delicately placed it back on the display, gave it one last look, and then said goodbye before she strolled away.
Because I didn’t want to impose or to ask too much of her, I thanked her for the compliment. She gifted me with a warm smile, which I was glad to trade with her before she left, but our brief interaction stayed with me all day. I considered her words – well, not the words themselves, but how she spoke them. They took me back to the beginning days when I started making jewelry.
Then, as now, I considered the term “accessory” one of the most accurate descriptions for any beautiful necklace or sparkling bracelet. To me, the insight of the word recognizes that the true value of jewelry is derived from the person wearing it and that it can only accent us. No matter how alluring, jewelry is secondary to the beauty of the woman it adorns.
And You Are Beautiful.
It’s too often overlooked just how special you are. You see yourself every day and lose sight of it: your compassion, your grace. All the many things that make you wonderfully unique – and even majestic.
I meet so many of us who sometimes undervalue the beauty in ourselves, from the woman who stands outside of her own fanciful vision, and yet neglects to welcome herself into it, to those of us who define beauty as something to aspire to rather than accept as inherent within ourselves.
Whether you ever consider something I’ve designed, I want you to know that you are, and will be, its inspiration. You are beautiful. You are majestic. So celebrate your grace, your beauty, your majesty.