Saffron Necklace - Silver Hexagonal by Illuminated Me Jewelry
Opulent • Curative • Cherished
Revered for both its monetary value and its therapeutic properties, the luminous and delicate strands of saffron are so precious that they are known to be counterfeited with horse hair, corn silk, and even shredded paper. Pure saffron strands have been assigned the power to not only cure physical ailments, but to increase pleasure and lift melancholy.
Believed to have primary origins in Iran, the country still accounts for nearly all of the world’s saffron production and is a feature ingredient in various Iranian khoresh dishes, but also notably in Spanish paella and French bouillabaisse.
ILLUMINATED ME by Sharon Herrick was started to honor the unique elements that define us, and to bring to light the powerful emotions that unite us. Each piece is designed as a personal homage to the histories, architectures, traditions, and cultures of the global community. While our vision is global, our business is local. From a small studio in a small town in a small corner of the country, our jewelry is designed and intricately handwoven. Our materials are sourced by domestic companies owned by families we know and trust. Our small community is called home by an incredible and diverse population of people who have made their way here from the world over, and we build our strength in part by supporting them. These individuals have become a beloved part of the Illuminated Me family and an integral part of its mission.
All around the globe, and for generations before us, the purpose of jewelry has been to make us feel elevated, empowered, and adored. Our pieces are designed in this tradition; they connect you more deeply to who you are, who you want to be, and your beautiful place in this world.
About Sharon Herrick, Owner/Designer: As the granddaughter of immigrants and a lifelong advocate for social justice, Sharon is actively and passionately involved with the refugee and immigrant population in her community of Portland, Maine. After earning a Masters Degree in Social Work and spending years working in various social change efforts including filmmaking, advocacy for elder justice, and refugee healthcare, Sharon founded Illuminated Me to honor, celebrate, and support the unique histories, cultures, and traditions of those she holds dear to her. To learn more about Sharon’s work with the Maine Access Immigration Network or how she supports the local immigrant and refugee population, or to talk more about being involved yourself, she welcomes the chance to talk with you. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.