The way we work with our artisans is fair trade, but we also want our products to be fair trade. That's why we carefully select where our products come from. Also our paper gifts. Like the garland cards. Products that are made with attention, also deserve special attention. Because they are beautiful stories. Stories on - and made of - paper. For the festive season.
The word holidays comes from the Old English word hāligdæg. Quite literally, holy days. Days that we cherish, days for resting and reflecting. Days of giving and being grateful. No work commitments, just time to care. For ourselves and for each other. And what makes a better gift than a handmade present with meaning?
After taking millions of years to grow, smokey quartz is now ready to help you. To be more precise, to help you quit. To quit annoying habits. Like being afraid, worrying, doubting, gloomy thoughts, smoking, or snacking. Too much of anything is never a good idea. Stopping also means a new beginning. Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. They go hand in hand. And that's what this patient gemstone can help you with. To detoxify, to be resilient, and to look at new possibilities.
Our jewelry featuring green aventurine is part of our Classics. Like all our jewelry, handmade by our artisans in Nepal. Fair trade. This joyful gemstone is found in China or Russia’s Ural Mountains. Joyful because aventurine attracts abundance and happiness. Of course, in collaboration with your mind-set, because that's where it starts.
Moonstone is a true storyteller. Stories from Hindi and ancient Greece. Stories from the Romans and the first land dwellers. Moonstone has many names as this gemstone has been greatly admired throughout the centuries. Including the Art Nouveau period. During that period, moonstone became popular among famous creators who designed large quantities of jewelry with moonstone in necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.
We all have our own personality and our own character, just like our gemstones. Together we capture all the stories. In honor of our fifteenth anniversary, A Beautiful Story has designed a limited edition Anniversary Collection. Different types of gemstones combined in eight different styles. To celebrate you and me.
Citrine is derived from the Latin word citrus: lemon tree. The presence of iron oxide and aluminum in the quartz is responsible for its sunny color. The more iron in the gemstone, the browner citrine is. The yellow color is caused by aluminum. You can find this beautiful gemstone in Brazil, Madagascar, and the former Soviet Union. But, citrine is also found in the Cairngorms, a mountain range in the highlands in Scotland. That’s why citrine sometimes is called Cairngorm.
“As we look back on 15 years of A Beautiful Story, there's one thing we've learned: if you're stuck, ask for help. There are always angels crossing your path wanting to give support. This time for our anniversary. Because of corona we had to cut our events budget. We were jumping with joy when several companies wanted to sponsor our event. Because of them, our anniversary is still possible.
It's 2006 when Cathelijne decides to save a Nepalese silver factory in distress. Now, 15 years later, we look back on this journey with her. A road with highs and lows. Best lesson learned? We have to do it together!
How do you lead a good life in Nepal? What do you need? And how can we at A Beautiful Story ensure that we create stable jobs with a positive impact? Those were the questions we asked ourselves in 2018.
At A Beautiful Story we make lucky tools: jewelry, greeting cards and gifts that do something. That help you on your life journey. A gemstone that gives wings, a bracelet that brings luck, a deck of cards that provides insights. Our gifts all tell their own story. And one story leads to another. This is Martine's story, she got in touch with A Beautiful Story a few years ago. Her story left us without words.
The corona crisis is hitting us hard. No turnover, the supply of jewelry is running out and our artisans can no longer produce anything. The workshops are closed, because Nepal is in lockdown. Fortunately everyone is healthy, and we would love to get back to work soon.