JEWELRY FOR YOUR JOURNEY
Inspired by the twists and turns in her personal journey, designer Shuang Everett Li began creating jewelry as wearable reminders that help ground her, every step of the way.
Everli is a celebration of the self-discoveries that we make while charting our own paths. Shuang looks to nature’s organic textures, forms, and symbols to guide her design aesthetics. Every piece has a story to tell and maybe it’s just the one you need to hear, that inspires you to live fully and live well.
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.