12/13/2011 11:53 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Believing In Yourself

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakes." --Carl Jung

I guess that's what it takes. To look into your heart, and be true to what it tells you. And then, when you find that real you, then you can express that to the whole world, give them the gift of you, the true you.

"I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death." - Leonardo Da Vinci

I think of every little piece that I design as a gift to one special woman, a talisman that will give her strength and protect her through the day. Buddha said: "You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection."

My pieces are a reminder of that.

I did my jewelry as a way of finding my true self. My main inspiration is Life, being grateful for it, and being grateful for being here. The chances for you to be here are so slim, and still, here you are, reading these lines. This is a wonderful thing. You should be grateful for you -- that's another thing I want to share through my pieces. "How wonderful life is now you're in the world." Lyrics from an amazing EJ song.

We are all go through hard times. Sometimes its a relationship gone bad, our job is not perfect, things didn't turn out as we've dreamt they would... Sometimes we cry... Sometimes we are depressed... Sometimes we just go shopping to buy some happiness... buy a little piece of jewelry or a pretty dress - "Who said money didn't buy happiness didn't know where to shop" said somebody on Facebook. It got lots of "likes". I liked it also. But, what I have learned is that happiness is not very long-lasting. You will need to fill that void again, and again... and things never fill it. There will always be another dress to buy, a more expensive car to own, a bigger house or a more expensive diamond. Always. You can't have them all. What I learned is that you have to go inside yourself, face your fear, suffer, feel the pain, and grow out of it. Take the good with the bad, and be grateful to be. Just be. Life is simple; we don't need to make it more complicated that it needs to be.

I am using symbols in my new collection "Universal Love" -- symbols that I think are strong enough to attract solely good energy around you; to make you strong and confident and touch your soul.

Lotus--for new beginning and purification

Dragonfly--for the renewal of one's self

Cross--for Faith and Belief

Om--for the Infinity of Life

Starburst--for the Journey of Life

Hamsa--for Protection

Fleur de Lis--for Courage and Unity

Serpent--for Pure Energy

Butterfly--For Rebirth

Maltese Cross--For Courage and Justice

Peace--for Unity among all races and people

Single Bezel--for Oneness

"Love is the beauty of the soul." -- St. Augustine

I want to inspire you to find the beauty, the strength, the uniqueness, and the confidence in you... I am sure it is all there, but we all have moments when we misplace it, and we need somebody or something to reinforce it in us, to remind us how special and beautiful we are and to tell us that everything will be ok.
It might be a friend, a lover, a book, a quote, and yes... why not... even a piece of jewelry.

So, I will end my little blog post with a poem attributed to Jorge Luis Borges, called "After a While"
"After a while you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,

And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning
And company doesn't mean security.

And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts
And presents aren't promises,

And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes open
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child,

And you learn to build all your roads on today
Because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans
And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.

After a while you learn...
That even sunshine burns if you get too much.

So you plant your garden and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure...

That you really are strong...

And you really do have worth...

And you learn and learn...

With every good-bye you learn."

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