I created Kaura at a time when I was seeking inner strength and courage. My hope is that these pieces help you to feel powerful, too.
So back in 2011, I was thrown for a loop when I became a stay-at-home mom to a newborn daughter who had extreme colic the first nine months of her life. I had dabbled in making jewelry before she was born, but my profession had been in environmental consulting.
In my unfamiliar role as a stay-at home mom with a crying infant, I found myself completely off balance and a sense of hopelessness. Within a year of giving birth, I fell into severe post-partum depression.
Thankfully, my scholarly curiosity was intact and in 2012, a voice inside me saved me - I was reminded about the stories my grandfather had shared with me, growing up.
She can do anything. Sasha is a dancer and I first met her when I was downtown in the jewelry district chatting with my friend Joel, the owner of The Small Shop LA. Joel introduced me to Sasha and I learned she was performing at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, on the weekend. I connected via Instagram with her and decided to see her perform with my daughter.
“I found a book with a lot of shields and swords made out of gold and ruby and emeralds and engraved with beautiful animal imagery. Something connected. I felt like if I wore something that represented protection, like a shield or a sword, then maybe I’d feel strength or balance within me.”