James Michelle Jewelry was founded in Bend, Oregon, the home of its creator, Jamie Israel, also known to her friends as James. A new mother to her amazing son, James started feeling that something just wasn’t right, and it wasn’t just an aversion to dirty diapers! After being poked and prodded until she felt like a pin cushion an answer was finally found, the mystery illness now had a name, Lyme Disease.
Through it all, James knew she had to do something that would make her memorable for all the right reasons, while allowing her to support herself and her son. So lying in bed one day, watching the antibiotics flow through the IV, she made a necklace from her bedside and posted it online in hopes she could make some money to buy some Advil. Little did she know that the seed had just been planted that would eventually grow into James Michelle Jewelry.
That first necklace turned into a second. Necklaces were joined by rings, then earrings and bracelets. Through her jewelry, Jamie began healing.
James Michelle Jewelry was born of love, tears, and a basic need for survival. It now represents all of those past struggles, plus hope for the future, stability, and excitement for what path may lie ahead. Lyme is still her constant companion, but she has succeeded it not allowing it to be what defines her.
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