I believe that jewellery is one of the most personal things one can own, I’m not just talking about expensive diamonds and platinum this and three carrots that, I’m talking the real stuff, the pieces that really matter…. Pieces are personal because of when you perhaps received it, a special Christmas or Birthday, an anniversary perhaps, or gifted to you because it reminded someone of you….Personal because of the length of time you may wear it, pieces can become part of someone’s skin, their person, their body, and becomes part of their idiosyncrasies, how they play with their necklace when thinking or an earring when worried. When you hear people say, I feel bare because I forgot to put my necklace back on, it becomes a part of who they are. Jewellery can be personal just because of why you like certain designs, cuts, colours. Big and bold or subtle and dainty. Personal because of where you found and purchased the pieces, a bracelet from Sri Lanka, or beads and string from 6 months of travelling. Jewellery doesn’t have to be expensive to mean something, we’ve all seen the SATC episode with the lost Carrie necklace. Perhaps jewellery is personal because of who it once belonged to, vintage pieces once belonging to past family members or even strangers that are now worn in a new time…..and finally sometimes jewellery can just bring you back to life….
I was lucky enough to meet the truly lovely Caitie and also her just as lovely sister Christie back in the Summer at the fab Girlvscancer event. An evening full laughter, G&Ts, grown up colouring (thanks to the fab illustrator Dom), but with the forefront of ‘hope’ being the absolute main act of the night. Caitie was so warm, humble and friendly that is wasn’t until nearing the end of the night that I realised she was THE creator of the beautiful When Caitie Met Soda handmade jewellery, and this was probably only because one of the pieces was part of the (I have to say most AMAZING) raffle. Of course I got straight on the train to find out as much as I could and see more of her beautiful pieces.
Like many people, behind the happy face, Caitie has been through some rather tough times, physically and mentally exhausted and very unwell, which started to effect, and still today, every part of her life. A life she once knew before had to dramatically shift and change with some very dark days. But then came the arrival her super pup Soda, the most handsome of pups in the world. This ball of energy, this kind hearted and of course ridiculously handsome Soda gave a new reason to get up every day, small steps were taken and there the signal of hope in every way. Caitie Met Soda, was then born from her own kitchen table, Caitie, slowly, as her strength built, collected tools and taught herself. I for one have nothing but admiration for anyone that can pick themselves up after some soul challenging time in any way, let alone to take it, centre it and use it as a postive contrivance is extraordinary, and her jewellery is rather lovely too.
Caitie’s passion, creativity, drive and her Soda over time has led to the creation of a truly stunning handmade jewellery collection. But the special part is that each piece is derived and inspired from a little snippet of her story, all are of course hugely personal to her. The beautiful and delicate, Little Comet Rings, one of which I am wearing, is inspired from the most darkest of times, the smallest things can always be found to lift your spirits. It is dainty and subtle and the materials are so beautiful. My other personal favourite is the Precious Moon Ring, you can’t go wrong with anything connected to the moon, but I also love it for the two materials, the silver and the little gold shaped moon coming together, compliments the Little Comet Rings, perfectly. The shape too is different for me, I love how it dips in so smoothy, and although still small in size, it has a slight statement feel to it for me. Finally the the Rose Gold Infinite Hope Pendant, this is a very special piece of jewellery, is simple and understated but catches your eye however it is worn. I think this piece of jewellery can just become part of your everyday and part of you flawlessly. (The name also reminds me of a little person in my life).
Just like the materials they are created from, solid 925 Sterling Silver, and solid nine carat gold or my favourite rose gold, there is something rather magical about the collection, from their story, to their creation is a connect-ability that they bring.
These pieces may come from one person’s story but they can be chosen, worn and can synthesise beautifully into your life. Maybe bringing you a little extra supportive wink and magic to your day, thus sculpting you, and creating a new story for now and perhaps again and again and again. Because out of the most darkest of times there is and will always be a glimmer of hope and having a little of that on your person to remind you every day is something rather beautiful.
I am wearing The Infinite Hope Pendant and the Little Comet Ring and the Precious Moon Ring Momentarily all these products and more of the collection are available on Esty whilst the When Caitie Met Soda website is being updated.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Caitie, for the opportunity for this collaboration.
Thank you for reading xx