Rooted in ancient history, the story of patron St. Valentine encompasses both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. And over the centuries, February 14th has evolved as the one day, out of 365 other days, to celebrate romantic love. Leaving many single people feeling left out, or abandoned, some just grit their teeth until the day has passed. Ok, you’re safe now my friends. Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone. And yet, I think we might be missing a wonderful opportunity to celebrate a different kind of love. Hear me out…

 I’m not sure the Romans would approve, or maybe they would, but in recent years things have started to shift for me. My mindset has changed. February is not just about celebrating romantic love, but more about practicing self-love, or love of family and dear friends. Don’t get me wrong, I’m married now and I adore showering my husband with love, and not just on Valentine’s Day. That part is easy. But self-love, and self-care can feel indulgent. Selfish. You might even feel guilty. But taking time to soak in a bubble bath, get a manicure or a massage, or even treat yourself to a special piece of jewelry is a healthy way to practice self-love. Dare I say it might even be a necessity?

 When was the last time you took yourself out to dinner or a movie? Have you ever bought yourself flowers, just because they’re beautiful? Let’s take this one step further. I might be slightly biased because I’m a jewelry designer, but I believe certain gemstones may help bring us love. Some stones are believed to be “love gems” and may help to foster love or smooth out a bumpy romance. Can I make a believer out of you?


  • Rose Quartz, for example, is known for helping to attract romantic love and self-love. And when combined with other stones like watermelon tourmaline, it can help you overcome your fears about falling in love.
  • Chrysocolla can help to ease or calm a volatile relationship.
  • Moonstone, in ancient times, was believed to draw in moonlight, or that it was created from solidified moon beams, and encompassed powers thought to evoke passion and love.

 Thought provoking, right?

 Life is fleeting and we tend to maintain that we are guaranteed a future. We tell ourselves, I’ll treat myself when I get that promotion, or on my birthday, or when I lose those last 5-pounds. But guess what, you don’t need me to tell you there are no guarantees. So, I’m challenging you today, right this very minute, to show yourself the love you deserve. Buy the flowers, soak in the bubble bath or treat yourself to a special piece of jewelry or indulgent chocolate. Call your bestie to join you for coffee or wine. Get a massage or take a mini-vacation. Ask yourself, what is it that brings you joy and rejuvenates your soul. And then, do that.

 What brings me joy?

 Connecting with my customers in person. I spend many hours working in my studio, which I love, and sometimes social media is just not “social” enough. I crave real life interaction with real life humans! I’d love to connect with you this spring at the Oddities Flea Market in Los Angeles, April 4th and 5th. This will be our 3rd time at this fantastic event and we’ll be showcasing a variety of favorite pieces and new OOAK pieces too. Hope to see you there, or at one of our other live events.



February 19, 2020 — Alex Camacho