Hand-wrapped using copper wire, the Cosmic ring by SoZo Hand-Crafted Creationz features turquoise and a bead from Sacramento.
- Dimension: 1 inch
- Materials: copper wire, turquoise, bead
- Available in sizes 4-10
Meet The Maker // Hayle Challacombe
Hayle Challacombe lives an inspired life. This articulate, yet soft-spoken woman is an Orange County native, initially raised in Orange, and has lived in Huntington Beach for 15 years. At the young age of 25, she's already deeply in touch with nature and the world around her. Her whimsical jewelry reflects this, and we couldn't be more excited.
According to Challacombe, Sozo is a Greek word that means "saved, healed and delivered." She elaborates: "That word means a lot to me and the spiritual influence in my life. The freedom I've found through that, through love." She explains that jewelry is her way of releasing that feeling and message into the world. Of her work, Challacombe assures, "It's definitely spiritually inspired. I love nature and the creator of nature."
SoZo Hand-Crafted Creationz all began with acquiring the work of another fellow artist in Humboldt County on one of Challacombe's many travels. A little over three years ago, she encountered a young man selling rings he made to earn gas money to get to Oregon. Challacombe purchased one, and the rest is history. Never having made jewelry before, she studied the ring and thought it was something she could do. "I always like to work with my hands, get creative and see how things flow together," says Challacombe. "I feel that making jewelry is the best way to do that for me. It's one of the best ways to express my creativity."
With that in mind, she began making necklaces and rings about two years ago. She initially gave them to friends and family as gifts. It was Challacombe's close friend David who played an integral role in her making them available for sale. "You gotta do this, you gotta hustle, you gotta make a business out of this," he told her.
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