MEET Dani Barbe
My love affair with unconventional gemstones began just as I was beginning to see more layers in our world and in myself.
I was fifteen, wandering the vintage clothing section in a familiar antique store, when I found a natural turquoise ring in a tangle of old jewelry.
I stared at the stone. It felt vibrant yet tranquil. A little glamorous yet genuine. Natural, effortless, with a web of white veins dancing through it.
I’d never been a jewelry girl, but this piece spoke to me. It felt like a blend of what I was and what I wanted to be. Where I’d been and where I was going.
In the years to follow, I wore that ring like an emblem of all the layers of myself. It stayed with me through college classes, several tours with my rock band, my move from a small town to L.A., and all the adventures in between.
When my mother passed away ten years ago, her jewelry box came to me.
Looking through it, I can trace her life through what she wore. The mood rings and poison rings were from her hippie stage in the 70s. The little gold bracelet watch she purchased for herself when she got a higher-paying job reminded me that she kept her jewelry in the kitchen, her last stop on the way out the door; even if she was running late, she took a moment to put it on. Each piece represented a stage of her life, infused with memory and meaning, just like my turquoise ring.
My passion lies in creating jewelry that offers these layers of magic for you. I design pieces that serve as a reminder of who you already are and the evolutions still afoot. My amulets provide a moment of ritual and extend an invitation to set your intentions for the day- and the journey- ahead.
Your jewelry doesn’t have to be pretentious, unimaginative, or oddly formal. It shouldn’t be locked away in a box only to be enjoyed on occasion. I believe the best pieces are deeply personal- celebrations of living a life of intention, beauty, and wonder.
Where will your jewelry take you?
“These are truly luxury pieces handmade with raw gemstones and metals — expect to become addicted after you try on her first piece. Seriously, I would be happy stacking her rings on every finger and wearing her bracelets up to my elbow.”
~ Huffington Post ~
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