Encouragement to heal


My journey has and continues to be an experience that has moved me, changed me and really completes me. In 2009, We (my husband and I) lost our daughter at two months old to a rare genetic syndrome. Her passing deeply affected me and I desperately searched for ways to grieve and heal. I took up many hobbies but was very drawn to gemstones and their metaphysical healing qualities to the mind, body, and soul. I read lots of interesting facts about the effect that different gemstones and crystals can have on us. I was particularly drawn to Jade crystals, as it is said they are able to bring peace and calm and can heal the scars and wounds left by old trauma. Using Jade as part of a healing process is said to help you in manifesting your desires and pursuing your ambitions with true with passion. I’ve always had a passion for accessories and fashion, so I put these two interests together and began making gemstone healing bracelets for myself. I always knew I was creative but didn’t know in what way. My daughter’s short time here was such a blessing in many ways but I truly believe her gift to me was helping me find my creativity in creating jewelry. I quickly realized that I enjoyed the beading and jewelry creating process and began to make more frequent trips to the bead store. My dream was to eventually start making jewelry pieces as you’d expect to see on JewelryTalk as well as other websites that display many lovely items of jewelry, or jewelry trends..

I initially never had any intentions on selling my jewelry until I started receiving compliments from my friends and family on the jewelry I was wearing. I found myself constantly needing a new jewelry box, as I made more and more new pieces. With that, the compliments increased and people became more interested in what I was making. It seemed as if the minute I sat down at my beading table, life happened and my creativity just naturally flowed. Last July (2012), I decided to open an Etsy shop and name my shop after our daughter, Isabella Rae. She was and stills continue to be my inspiration and motivation with my business. Since opening my Etsy shop, it seems as if my business has taken off (of course not without many long nights) and I now sell on Etsy, Amazon, and my own personal website. The designing, creating, and selling process is more rewarding than I ever thought possible. The most amazing feeling is knowing that my jewelry is appreciated and loved. I put my heart and soul in each piece make. I look forward to what the future has in store for me and my business!

I never knew jewelry making was my passion until I did it the first time. My passion then became instant and knew that this is what I’m supposed to do. I currently own a defensive driving school that I use to do during the day in addition to taking care of our two year old daughter, Laila. (I know, defensive driving school…totally random). However, I’m in the process of phasing that business out, as my jewelry business is demanding much more of my time. I do recommend taking a course in defensive driving, it really will help you and lowering your insurance, I may be leaving it but there are so many out there for you all to find, no matter where you live just search for your area, e.g. ‘defensive driving course ny‘ and you’ll find the best one for you!

I would just encourage anyone that has a dream, interest or goal to never ever give up or let anything stand in the way of what they want. If you can believe it, you can achieve it! I’m all for helping and encouraging others and their dreams. I totally believe this life is full of abundance and there is more than enough success and happiness to go around for everyone so let’s help each other along the way if we can! This life is too short to not do what we want and to be happy.

Sending happiness and gratitude,

Denise Rodriguez
You can find me at:
Twitter: @IsabellaRaeJD