Photo by Konrad Kolen
Photo by Konrad Kolen

“Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen

Whether going vegan and punk rock at 16, working with sea turtles and birds in Costa Rica in her 20’s, exploring Buddhist meditation, or her nearly decade-long stint at the environmental non-profit GreenFaith, Stacey Fay (formerly Stacey Kennealy) believes that a life well lived is one where you hold your nose and jump in.

This lesson has been hard won—raised in a sleepy New Jersey suburb across the water from Philadelphia, Stacey experienced some major life events too young and too often (read more here). Along the way, she learned to explore, celebrate and focus on all of the beauty life has to offer, no matter the circumstance.

In 2014, after a year of many changes—loss, love and an awe-inspiring trip to France—Stacey decided to jump in again, following her dream and making her jewelry business a reality. Knowing nothing about metalsmithing, but with a determination to learn, she began taking classes, reading books, and relying on friends to guide her through each step of the process. Many long weeknight and weekend hours, and dozens of prototypes later, Stacey Fay Designs was born.

Each of the chapters in Stacey’s life—the punk rocker, the nature lover, the survivor and the seeker—come together with Stacey Fay Designs. A revivalist, Stacey uses vintage and antique components, and often designs pieces with an eye to trends and styles of decades past. Many pieces symbolize the life experiences that link us all—whether a new baby, new marriage, or even the loss of a loved one—and are made with future generations in mind, with a small environmental footprint and heirloom quality.

Stacey Fay Designs is a jewelry line that is at once simple, beautiful, and one-of-a-kind, celebrating the experiences and life events that make each of us unique.