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Gilded Lily Jewelry - touches the heart and speaks to the soul...
I've always loved jewelry from the time I was small as it was intertwined with the deep love and connection with my mom. I admired the pieces she wore and so adored, and she encouraged that love in me. I've come to believe that there was a more intuitive reason behind my fascination with design and jewelry...
Several years ago my family was dealt a personal blow. Every part of my life was affected and I experienced a total razing at almost every level. Just when I thought the waves had stopped crashing, we were dealt another blow that finally put me on my life's path. They say that the universe breaks you down to the point when you have no other option but to ask "why me..?" and "what now..?" and then it gives you the answer...and it rebuilds you. I began working with reiki energy and different types of shamanic energies and I started my healing. My focus shifted to where it was supposed to be in order to guide me on my proper life's path, making space for the new, the creative, and the positive.
I decided to end my 15 year retail tenure for freer surroundings that would allow me to dedicate more time to the design work I loved. My husband Bill suggested converting an unused room in our home to make a quiet design studio for me. No longer boxed in by the 9-9pm hours of retail life, I now had the Zen environment I needed in which to design and create my own jewelry line. Looking back, I can see how the past events were difficult, but they also freed me to be where I am now. The result is the creation of my handmade & semi-precious jewelry line, infused with healing reiki & shamanic energies that go wherever they are needed.
To be respectful to the natural world, I strive to make my pieces as green as possible, letting the natural beauty and energies be my inspiration. I use untreated semi-precious stones as well as vintage and ethnic components that are ethically sourced with fair trade practices. In my travels to source beautiful strands of stone, I ended up discovering my love of crystals as well. I've now incorporated both crystals and jewelry into my offerings and one supports the other - a perfect balance. I am in my happy place, and I am grateful.
Stones are semi-precious, all natural, untreated, & hand selected for their uniqueness. Chains & components are made in the USA, or are reclaimed vintage, individually selected, genuinely well-traveled & loved.
All pieces are infused with reiki & shamanic energies. Handmade & original designs by Donna Dreska in Woodbury, CT USA
A note about the website...
I will be updating the website as much as possible in an effort to keep it current and relevant, however weekly updates aren't always possible when I'm either traveling, or going through an intense design period...which is often! I believe in making jewelry pieces that are unique and limited edition, so that means you won't see my jewelry here at the online store being duplicated at our retail partners' locations. I also want to support my retail partners...not compete with them, so the jewelry they carry is unique to their stores or are limited editions as well.
The Jewelry Cafe | 742 Main Street South | Woodbury, CT 06798 | (203) 262.8599 ~ Laura
J.Horton | 690 Boston Post Road | Madison, CT 06443 | (203) 779.5343 ~ Joan
Doing Living Marketplace | 218 West 57th Street | NY, NY 10019 | (203) 565.9215 ~ Donna
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my online store, I really appreciate it! I hope that you have fun shopping and please don't hesitate to call with any questions or also suggestions on how I can keep improving your time with Gilded Lily Jewelry :)