An Accessory That Goes With Everything … Love

Allison Yii

Just thinking about repurposing a treasure in a way that brings it even closer to you is so exciting to me … in doing so, you reinvent yourself and reboot your perspective. Everything is brand new once again. That is the essence of creating a new beginning. That is everything to me, and I can’t believe I am lucky enough to know someone who does this for a living. 

Local jewelry artist Mary Kay Samouce, whose design line is called Adorn by Samouce, is known for her over-the-top statement pieces fashioned largely from vintage trinkets and treasures. But you may not know that she delights when clients challenge her with old, broken, forgotten jewels that she can restring, reconfigure and revive into new, inspired works of art. 

When I was looking for a festive way to celebrate my first year as a cancer survivor, I could think of no better way than to surround myself with some of my favorite things — dear gal pals, Mary Kay’s beautiful, bold jewelry and, of course, plenty of pink champagne and cupcakes. 

Like many of the glittering gems and trinkets that fill Mary Kay’s velvet trays, I am a work in progress. With every treatment, every milestone, every day I grew stronger, I felt like I was slowly, but surely, reinventing myself. After a year, I was more than ready to honor my body for its hard work with a little sparkle … and celebrate.   

The design process of choosing lovely vintage broaches, charms and chains and fashioning them into something beautiful and new was symbolic of my treatment and recovery. And to have so many caring friends who had helped me get through such an intense ordeal be able to enjoy this creative experience with me was the greatest gift of all. 

It was thrilling to watch the transformation of broken baubles into exquisite one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry that evoked the unique personality and spirit of each of my friends. Now, when I wear my sparkling, made-just-for-me “designer jewels” I can remember the experience and feel renewed, strong, creative and … loved. 

Mary Kay once told me her design approach to her jewelry art is “Go big or go home. Just keep it exciting.” Perhaps it’s a mantra we should all try to live by. Why not? As accessories go, a positive attitude is definitely a statement piece that goes with just about everything, don’t you think?

Zandra Wolfgram

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