FOR YOUR JOURNEY
"I truly believe that we're all on our unique paths in life and in charge of where we want to go. If a piece of jewelry can help remind you, encourage you, and celebrate you, well that's pretty special."
In the midst of her personal journey from a corporate desk to a jeweler's bench, designer Shuang Everett Li began creating jewelry as wearable reminders to help ground her, especially during moments of uncertainty and doubt.
Her jewelry line, Everli, is a celebration of the joy and freedom we feel when we dare to be brave and chart our own paths. Every piece has a story to tell. We hope its spirit speaks to you and becomes a part of your journey.
Growing up as an only child of immigrant parents, I worked hard to meet the expectations set of me: straight As, perfect SAT scores, an Ivy League school.
All of that effort led me to a comfortable job at a Fortune 100 company. On paper, I was living the dream. But I couldn’t shake off the feeling that I was sleep-walking through life. What was missing became clear when I made my first pair of earrings and felt that flicker of pure joy. This is what I want to do. But I didn’t have the guts to start over and I dreaded my parents’ disapproval.
Four years later, I found my courage on a mountaintop.
At first it seemed absurd to walk for hours when I could simply drive to the top. But as time passed, I stopped fixating on that goal. I hiked to discover what’s beyond the next bend, to savor the cool breeze on my sweaty back, to enjoy feeling so small yet so alive within this vast landscape. When I finally reached the peak, I beheld the most amazing view: Myself. Stronger, braver, and free.
Had I driven up in a car, I would have completely missed this moment. I did not want to make such a mistake in life.
With my husband's encouragement, I jumped into the world of jewelry making. When I launched Everli two years later (after oh so many trials and errors), I dedicated our first design to the mountains that awakened me. This ring has since spoken to many of you, becoming your lucky charm, symbol of commitment, and a source of encouragement.
Today I continue looking to nature for inspiration, interpreting its many stories into organic yet refined jewelry. I hope you find something that speaks to you, that inspires you to explore the full terrain of your true self.