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 my 20’s, exploring Buddhist meditation, or my decade-long stint at the environmental non-profit GreenFaith, I believe that a life well lived is one where you celebrate the stories that make you unique.

That’s the glossy version.

This lesson has been hard won; throughout my teens and twenties, I experienced one difficult and major life event after another, including the loss of my father at age 12, the “absence” of my mother due to mental illness, and the loss of my sister suddenly and devastatingly. Through my grief, I spent most of my young adulthood learning to survive, and to focus on the beauty life has to offer even in the most difficult of circumstances. It was at this time that the jewelry dream started, but couldn’t take off until I was at a point of wholeness.

That point came in 2014, after a year of many changes—loss of my mother, love through marriage, and an awe-inspiring honeymoon to France. It was the wake up call I needed to start my own business, Stacey Fay Designs jewelry.

Each of the chapters in my life—the punk rocker, the nature lover, the survivor and the seeker—come together with Stacey Fay Designs. My offerings symbolize the life experiences that link us all, whether through symbolic wax seal jewelry or memoir jewelry, or antique jewelry holding the history of generations.  I design and curate jewelry with intention, with a small environmental footprint and heirloom quality.

I believe our stories are meant to be honored, and it’s my privilege to help tell yours.