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Lori silk wrap braceletToday's post is about yet another jewelry artisan, Lori Cohn of Charmed Design. Have you ever had an experience that changed your life forever? Lori's line of jewelry was born out of such an event. It came into being as something constructive and positive to do while she recovered from a sudden and life-threatening illness. A few years ago, Lori woke to find herself in an intensive care unit with absolutely no knowledge of how she got there. She learned that she had become ill from an infection that was a side effect of a routine tooth extraction. She came very close to dying, had several life-saving surgeries, and considers herself blessed to be here today. Though the illness caused her to lose her job, home, and life as she knew it, surviving such a near-death experience has made her feel and believe that she is indeed charmed!

Creating beautiful jewelry was part of the recovery process for Lori. After a month or two of creating, she had a pile of pretty bracelets, but she realized she wanted something more. What she wanted was to inspire and empower other women who had dealt with similar hardships – by sharing her story and expressing hope and gratitude through the medium of jewelry. After encouragement from her very supportive family, she decided to open up shop on Fast forward a couple of years – now she has a successful website of her very own and she sells in boutiques, spas and yoga studios around the world. Out of tragedy, something beautiful was born.  Lori has a career that she loves and she continues to get healthier and stronger each day. Her jewelry reflects her resilience and great love for life; she achieves this through the use of traditional symbols, charms and energetic stones.  Many have commented after purchasing one of her pieces that they actually feel the positive energy intended when they wear it. Whether this is a simple placebo effect or some true healing power within her pieces, it's anyone's guess or opinion! But no-one can deny that Lori's very life serves as an inspiration to us all. Tragedy and hardship can befall anyone at any time; what's important is how you deal with it. And Lori's courageous and artistic response is a wonderful story we can all learn something from.

Check out her delightful pieces here:

The piece example pictured above (a silk-wrap bracelet in exquisite blue) is only one of several distinct types of jewelry she offers. I love them all!

You can also find more about Lori and her work at these sites:




I know she would love to hear from you!

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0 # Sandy Dell 2013-07-24 22:35
Wonderfully inspiring story. I interviewed her as well and posted the story on my blog:

Sandy Dell
'Gift Rep Sandy'
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0 # SO Mclaughlin 2013-07-24 22:48
Thank you, Sandy, I'll check it out! And thanks for posting this note!


p.s. I'm looking for more inspiring stories to tell - you or anyone out there interested, let me know!
And in the meantime, ALSO, thanks for reading!
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0 # LORI COHN 2013-07-25 14:51
Thanks so much for the wonderful feature!
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0 # SO McLaughlin 2013-07-25 17:39
You're most welcome!
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0 # Ellen W. Gonchar 2013-07-30 00:47
What an uplifting story! I can only wish Lori continued success in all that she does. I will check out all of the links you provided for her Sheila....I love your blogs!!
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0 # SO Mclaughlin 2013-07-30 02:38
Thank you, Ellen...and I love YOUUUUU! :-) You're one of my very favorite fans!! Anyone reading this, check out Ellen's Etsy shop -- the wonderful Vintique Jools -

PLUS she is soooo nice and wonderful to work with!
Wish I could attach one of her gorgeous pieces here -- I'm waiting for her to let me do a feature story on her in the meantime! :-) Thanks again, Ellen!
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