We thrive on curiosity as humans. We aim for impulsive, adventurous, and often even risky projects across our globe, seeking excitement, cultural stimulation, and enlightenment. Being well-traveled is becoming more and more of a modern lifestyle ideal, as thousands of millennials take to the road to venture out and learn a little more about our fascinating world.
Last May I set out on my own journey around the world-a quest that I hope will continue to bring me the joy and elation that has brought me so far. I’ve faced a few extremes out here that I’ve never thought I’d have to deal with and I’ve probably had more tension than I’ve ever had in the UK. But what makes it different is my attitude to respond to the stress.
Life is Simple
One of the main lessons I learned while backpacking was that life can still be simplified. It’s not that hard actually. We find it impossible to take care of the minute information that needlessly complicates our lives.
When you live minimally out of a backpack, you forget all the material you left behind; you quit thinking about what you’re going to wear, make-up was difficult in Asia because it was just too hot, you didn’t have a permanent bedroom to keep you clean, no video games to play, it was a rarity to successfully link to WiFi, and missing this regular interaction with others can actually be a huge one.
My point is when I packed my bags, I just brought what I thought was worth-after all, whatever I brought along for the trip was inevitably going to cripple my back! I left my former life as a fashion student so easily, with a whole walk in the cupboard devoted to shoes and accessories, so packing was never going to be an easy job. Deciding between my hundreds of high street diamonds, costume necklaces, and pairs of earrings was so overwhelming that I didn’t take any of them in the end.
A minor exaggeration for literary purposes-obviously as a lover and admirer of self-decoration, I took a few key sentimental bits. All of which I never have to take off-no trouble, and every one of them is very precious to me.
WRITE YOUR OWN STORY WITH JEWELLERY
When I was traveling through the Philippines and Indonesia, I found that most of the other travelers had colorful woven wristbands or gypsy anklets, toe rings and pendants, which were emblematic of every country they had visited. I fell in love with the idea of wearing my accessories as memoirs and reminders-like medals of honor from places I’ve survived and ticked off my bucket list. I’ve got a small set of lightweight pieces, all of which remind me of the various stages I’ve conquered on my journeys.
Just as body tattoos may reflect life stages in Maori culture, or how to face paint is used to mark tribes in Africa-how we decide to decorate ourselves with jewelry is a means of self-expression and the easiest way for others to glimpse our personality. In effect, jewelry allows you to become a storyteller.
When Baltic Beauty reached out to me to hop aboard their content team, I was excited to find out that I would be receiving a few pieces from their collection-including one of their highly coveted natural stone pendants as a thank you for sharing my travel wanderings. While all their jewelry is incomparably beautiful, I knew at once the pieces I wanted (I’d been watching them for some time now) because these particular jewels reminded me of the gorgeous silver cut I saw in Yogyakarta-one of my favorite destinations on the island of Java, Indonesia.
I also choose these particular pieces because they complement my current jewelry so well; my celestial moon and star Swarovski necklace sit wonderfully above my Baltic Beauty Amber Sun Pendant, and now I feel like I’ve got the whole world hanging from my ear. The ring that I stacked with the Baltic Beauty minimalist amber ring is actually one that I designed and created during a silversmithing class that I took while in Yogyakarta.
The oxidized amber hoop earrings have this exuberant bohemian vibe that perfectly evokes my style, making the three-piece collection an idyllic mix. And plus handmade jewelry, these jewelry combinations make me both modern and retro chic.
These exquisite pieces of jewelry are the mark of this new venture for me. So search their versatile collections of amber jewelry and discover the fineries that you can style with devotion, passion, and exquisiteness. Label your own milestones and share your life story with the Baltic Beauty Biography Series.
Setting sail through oceans in our worlds? Baltic Beauty’s Anchor Charm Pendant might be the perfect good luck charm for a holiday! Are you embarking on an adventure across the Middle East? The Amber Hamsa Pendant (Hand of God) could help harness the security and good fortune that its original nature is believed to offer to bearers of all faiths. Graduate from the university? The Broad Owl Charm Pendant could be your expert companion on the journey ahead. Want something unique and iconic for your journey? The handmade jewelry will be your best partner for upcoming trips.
Wise William Morris once said, “everything that you own should be either useful or beautiful“. Start a simpler life and share with others the things that will enrich you. Feel free to start right here with a sterling silver amber pendant, DIY jewelry, and a passport!
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Amber Sun Charm Pendant, £38.00
Ajoure Hamsa Pendant, £30.00