My father, Stanley, lost his battle with Carcinoid Cancer on October 24, 2005. At the funeral, the priest gave a rose from the casket spray as a keepsake to my mom, my two sisters and me. I wanted to find a special way to save the flower.
Knowing time was of the essence, I looked into freeze drying or preserving the flower in silica gel. This didn’t seem like the right solution. Then what do I do with this dry flower?
I remembered hearing about some nuns who make rose petal rosaries. That sounded great! After some research into that, I found that it takes at least a dozen roses to complete one rosary and getting the beads wet or exposing them to sunlight could destroy the beads. It seemed like a lot of money to spend on something that could be destroyed so easily. I longed for a way to preserve my flower in a durable way that I could enjoy every day.
After some further research and some experimenting, I created a way to embed crushed flowers into a clay base. The process creates light-safe and waterproof beads that could be enjoyed everyday. That was the answer!
The Christmas after my father died, we decided to give each other handmade gifts. I made a set of jewelry for my mom, two sisters, my aunt and my dad’s cousin. Word spread about the jewelry & I started getting requests to make jewelry for others.
My father unknowingly gave me one last incredible gift, the inspiration for this company. Turning the most tragic time in my life into a company that will create special keepsakes for others has been an amazing journey and has helped me heal the grief.