Stories behind the names


HERMIA

Midsummer Night’s Dream main heroine Hermia is one of my favorite Shakespeare characters. ‘Though she be but little, she is fierce.’

This is the very first collection, the Hermia ring being the first item I ever acquired and still my all time favorite.  It is small but evidently fierce. The bullet is the Full Metal Jacket bullet. 

ANAIS

Anais Collection is named after Anais Nin (1903 - 1977). The delicate small-featured beauty of 20s and 30s, combined with true strength and endurance. Her way of being (and writing) made me always think about what my life would read like, were it a book…

Nin lived her life in what seams like a fearless and inquisitive manner. Having been a female pioneer of erotic literature. Her Delta of Venus and Henry and June novels have become classics. I personally love her diaries.

Her love life is fascinating – and daring even by today’s standards. A lover to many interesting people of her time such as Henry Miller (and also perhaps June, are the rumors), she married twice – a bigamist. While still married to Hugh Parker Guiler she also married Rupert Pole. And existed between the two. Eventually she stayed with Pole and later in Life apologized to Guile, who responded to her letter by thanking her for changing his life.

She had the courage to embrace life and walk the walk she talked about. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to ones courage.”

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

THERESE

Therese Collection is named after many Thereses that left a mark on the world, but mainly after Therese of Avila (1515-1582) and Therese of Lisieux.

I am particularly fond of Therese of Avila, who was a predecessor of Therese of Lisieux. She was a revolutionary and visionary of her time and her heritage is still with us. An incredibly strong woman. And as assertive and a go getter as she was loving. Her writings and books are very inspiring, and still relevant today.

It is this woman who inspired the Bernini’s Ecstasy of St Theresa.

Finally there is the Mother Theresa, who said “When you love so much it hurts, there is no more hurt, only love.”

JG

Classic and unapologetic, I think of them as the John Wayne type of cufflinks. The all American man, with a steady walk of a 6'4 big friendly giant and air of magnificence. Handsome features and an incredible, never aging, mans man sex-appeal. Never out of style, never too old. Ageless charm.

TAYLOR

Elizabeth Taylor to me IS the epitome of her ‘You may as well live.’ And what an advice that is. She was 5.3” but she lived so big… I will never forget an interview I read shortly before her death  (at the time married to her last husband). The journalist asked her about Burton because he noticed she kept an intimate object from him on her bedside table. “Would you marry him again?” “In a heart beat.” she said. A love like that…

Burton Taylor, with the diamonds, weddings, divorces and all the drama to me are like a perfect pair of cufflinks. One doesn't make sense without the other.

KEYRINGS

Attributes, which are always helpful to carry around. You can choose the one you need the most right now.

Veni Vidi Vici. This slim sharp bullet reminds me of obtaining a swift victory, such as Julius Caesar, defined by his ‘I came, I saw, I conquered’

Courage. Courage comes from the Latin Corazon – meaning heart. It is talking about the strength to stand up for a conviction, which comes from the right place. It’s a quality of spirit that leads us to act in accordance with our hearts compass.

Hope Faith Love. And now these three remain. Faith, Hope and Love. But the greatest of these is Love. -Corinthians 13:13