On Celebrating Independence

Why investing in and celebrating yourself at every stage in life is necessary and empowering!
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Why investing in and celebrating yourself at every stage in life is necessary and empowering!
Image credit: Ryan Sides 

Image credit: Ryan Sides 

Valentine’s Day 2016 marked the third consecutive year that I (Taylor) found myself cruising around favorite back roads, windows down with Jason Derulo’s Riding Solo exploding through my speakers. It’s one of the traditions I have along with buying myself tulips, making a cocktail and thumbing through books featuring sappy love quotes. But this year things felt a bit off, I was inspired to mix things up - to mark the occasion and celebrate my independence (on the most "romantic" day of the year). 

A few weeks ago, I began researching jewelry options on Pinterest and discovered Diamond Foundry. I wanted to treat myself to a piece of jewelry that mirrored what I value and who I am as a person: responsible, rare and unique. Diamond Foundry fit the mold. I was drawn to the fact that they create Eco-Friendly Diamonds; the gems hot-forged under a plasma akin to the sun. (Yes, I was amazed, too.) Their process avoids the ecological toll of mining and human rights violations - two things this ethically committed gal appreciates and prioritizes. 

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The next quality that drew me to foundry diamonds was their rarity. Since the diamonds are hot-foraged, they are made in small batches. Being an independent, single woman in the South, I am often viewed as a rare kind. We too come in small batches. I knew that wearing a foundry diamond would remind me that being single is actually a rare and wonderful state to be in - a time and place that should be valued.  

Image credit: Ryan Sides 

Image credit: Ryan Sides 

Now that I have my Diamond Foundry pendant, I wear it everyday. I love sharing the story of this piece and why I chose it: for the rare, unique and precious qualities of the stone. It is the only item I own that mirrors a certain period in my life, and the first time I have invested in keepsake jewelry for myself - two traditions I am happy to maintain for years to come (regardless of my relationship status).  

This post is in partnership with Diamond Foundry. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Clementine Daily possible!