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I recently came across a company called Miriam Designs. The Nashville-based business produces charming necklaces and earrings with inspiring stories behind them. The pieces are made by women who have overcome addiction, prostitution and life on the street. Their tagline is handmade and hope-filled goods.
As owner Gracie Moakler explains it, in 2012, she met a woman named Ronza at the grocery store and was inspired by her story of overcoming drug addiction. Gracie purchased copper discs and a hammering kit, stamped the word "hope" on a necklace and gave it to Ronza. As the year went on, Gracie met more women with similar stories and didn't just give them jewelry but began teaching them how to make it.
Now Miriam Designs features over 20 pieces, all reasonably priced and beautifully made. It's a great shop to find a gift with some meaning behind it.
I'm currently hosting a Miriam Designs giveaway on my blog, so hop on over for a chance to win!
The Southern C contributor Natalie Broulette, a Savannah native living in New York City, blogs about food, fashion and other fun things at www.thesoho.blogspot.com - short for the southern hostess!