Beauty in Blindness
Blindness, the very word can instill fear and people can conjure up all manner of erroneous imaginings of what it’s like to lose vision. Fear of the unknown is completely understandable and it’s not until we are immersed in that in which we afraid of that we can begin to comprehend what we really fear.
Beauty, or a person’s ability to appreciate beauty, does not go away with vision loss and in many ways it is enhanced. Personally, I’ve learned to enjoy beauty on many levels and I think it’s partly because of my vision loss I pay closer attention to those things I can still visualize and even those I cannot see.
So imagine my delight when I met Alice Lynch, a jewelry designer and owner, of Braille Design. I introduced myself to Alice on Twitter almost a year ago because I thought her pieces were such extraordinary one of a kind handmade works of art.
My very first order was a cane charm which can be used to adorn a white cane or handbag. This charm has a nice selection of upscale beads in various shades of teal and blue. There are a total of 10 beads on the brass chain, topped with a large swivel hook that I use to attach to my handbag or white cane. The largest bead, as described by Alice, is a teal Swarovski “beaded bead, meaning there are sparkly beads that make up the large bead.” There is one teal bicone bead, five small Swarovski pearls (two are light blue and three are a deep teal shade). The three remaining beads consist of one blue glass, one blue/gold marbled glass and a matte 3-dimensional hexagon shaped bead.
When I placed my order with Alice she asked me a few questions like, what is my favorite color, what kinds of beads do I like, etc. and I had absolutely no reservations about letting her know that I love sparkly, bling. My request was that she “surprise” me and when I got the charm in the mail a couple of days later I couldn’t get over how beautiful it was. The beads, aside from being very colorful, are highly tactile and with the exception of the small accent pearls, each is very unique.
If you are looking for a piece of jewelry that sets you apart I recommend Braille Design. Alice is such a professional who puts great care and creativity into all her pieces. She does Braille and non-Braille items and will work with you to design jewelry to your specifications.
Alice can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through her website www.brailledesign.com.
“I spend my afternoons painting and working on my Open Hearts jewelry line for Kay Jewelers. I designed an image of a heart that isn’t completely closed. My mom always told me to live with an open heart – when life gets tough, you should go out and help someone else.” ~Jane Seymour