On Stillness

When was the last time you sat still, doing nothing? 

It sounds like such a simple act but can feel almost impossible. After all, in our ever interconnected world with flurries of status updates, staying still can feel like missing out.

But stillness can be a powerful restorer of our inner peace. It creates a space in which we can organize our thoughts and recalibrate our emotions. It gives us the ability to zoom out and appreciate our lives in a bigger context.

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For a few months now, I’ve been working on a small group of designs entitled “Stillness.” I was very much inspired by a Japanese rock garden that I visited in Portland. The garden is a physical sanctuary in which the observer can sit in silence and ponder about life, as represented by the sands and rocks artfully arranged within its walls. 

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Short of having my own zen garden (hello, NYC apartment!), I looked to jewelry as conduits for moments of introspection. Each “Stillness” piece is inspired by the organic form of stones and pebbles. Their smooth surface invites your touch, a physical reminder to set aside time - even minutes - to slow down, put away your phone, curl up with a cup of hot tea and be still.

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View the entire look book here. The collection launches on Monday, April 10th.

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