After six years of Mary Frances Maker, I can't tell you how many times people have asked me what inspired the brand. Making beautiful jewelry is a reason in and of itself, but each piece I create is based on a story. I've been a storyteller all my life. As a kid, I would spend hours developing detailed novels, featuring my two best friends and our glorious middle school drama. As an 8-9-year-old, I created a "newspaper" of stories filled with comics, drawings, and updates amongst from my family and around town. I made sure to regularly update my family members on the latest newspaper editions because where else would they get their essential daily news? It is now the most incredible gift imaginable to take this love of storytelling and funnel it into making jewelry used to celebrate, endure, mourn all the "goings-on" in our lives.
Now, in this role of storyteller-turned-jewelry designer, I get to tell stories in a whole new way. It is easy to celebrate an engagement, marriage, or birth - the best moments in our lives, but I wanted to make sure we didn't skip some of our stories' less-easy moments by touching on grief. Grief comes in all shapes and sizes, and at Mary Frances Maker, we understand there is no one size fits all. One of the most challenging moments we, unfortunately, all face is the passing of a loved one. It's a story often not told, and one I felt was essential to honor with some of my pieces. I've noticed that after someone passes away, their jewelry holds the most value (whether dollar amount or sentimental.) It's the tangible thing, that generations can point to and cherish and say, "oh, remember the story Mimi told us about how she got that ring?" Jewelry is a connector; it's a bridge-builder among families and generations. It's a source of pride and a deeply rooted feeling that we belong to something more significant than ourselves and greater than this time in history.
Lives have been lived and stories have been told long before we ever came to be, and they'll be lived and told after we're gone. Sometimes, a small piece of jewelry is the only thing left for a family to hold onto from a member lost too soon. Having that little piece of jewelry gives us peace and a sense of calm in knowing that person is never too far away.
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