Significance Series: Ashley Brown
My newest favorite pieces of jewelry are from Skip Basil’s in Albuquerque. It’s a huge turquoise and Native American wholesaler warehouse filled to the brim with indigenous jewelry. While there I purchased a matching necklace, ring and earring set. The jewelry is simple in it’s design. Just small flat pieces of turquoise inlaid in sterling silver, however, like most jewelry, it’s the memory that I associate with the jewelry that makes it so precious.
I purchased the turquoise pieces at a time in my life when I felt extreme doubt regarding my life path. I was very ill at the time, dealing with endometriosis, asthma and a thyroid condition that doctors had marked as untreatable. I was working 80 hours a week, and going to Albuquerque was something I simple did not have time for, yet forced myself to do.
I literally had to force myself to step away from the stressors back home and go on an unknown adventure. I purchased that jewelry set as a reminder to myself to be strong and to continue on my journey, letting the pieces of life fall where they may (even if the journey didn’t take me where I wanted to go). That jewelry marked a trip of acceptance.