Hand­made Autism Aware­ness jew­elry collection launches in Mtl

Montreal Times - - Community -

Ray Of Light Mtl is the new autism aware­ness jew­elry collection and co-cre­ation of two long­time friends—Char­lotte Marie Flan­nery, makeup artist and mother of two chil­dren di­ag­nosed with autism spec­trum dis­or­der, and jew­elry de­signer Tracy Gartner. All items will be avail­able for pur­chase through the Ray Of Light Etsy shop as of World Autism Aware­ness Day: April 2nd, 2018.

De­signed with the key sym­bolic colours of blue and white, the collection to date in­cludes three stack­able charm bracelets, a del­i­cate y-drop neck­lace, a ster­ling sil­ver pen­dant, and a pair of crys­tal drop ear­rings. Newly launched for spring, Swarovski’s ra­di­ant Ma­jes­tic Blue crys­tal beads are a fo­cal point of the collection, com­pli­mented by clear Swarovski crys­tals, ster­ling sil­ver beads, and fea­tur­ing sil­ver plated charms of the autism puzzle piece.

The hand­made jew­els were cre­ated to be af­ford­able, ver­sa­tile and eye-catch­ing. Sim­ple yet el­e­gant, the pieces can be worn in­di­vid­u­ally or lay­ered for a more con­tem­po­rary look.

Ini­tial in­spi­ra­tion for the new line came from Char­lotte’s two-year old daugh­ter Ari­ana and her love of all things shim­mery. “Ev­ery mo­ment that she can find, she goes into my jew­elry box to play with my jew­els—the more sparkly the bet­ter!”, said Char­lotte. Notic­ing a lack of qual­ity jew­elry de­signed to raise aware­ness, Char­lotte asked Tracy to cus­tom cre­ate a set fea­tur­ing the spe­cific autism colours of blue and white as well as the puzzle piece sym­bol. The idea quickly took flight and evolved into a full collection. Com­mit­ted to giv­ing back, the pair will do­nate 20 per­cent of each sale to ‘Trails of Sum­mer’, a lo­cal non-profit day camp for chil­dren with spe­cial needs. To make a pur­chase from the collection:


About the co-founders - The jew­elry pieces were de­signed and hand­made in Mon­treal by de­signer Tracy Gartner. Known for the past decade as one of the lead­ing jew­elry de­sign­ers in the wed­ding in­dus­try, Tracy cus­tom cre­ates jew­elry and head­pieces for the bride and the en­tire wed­ding party. Tracy also de­signs a collection of 'yoga in­spired' jew­elry called Re­flect. Hav­ing prac­ticed yoga for many years, Tracy started cre­at­ing pieces that were sym­bolic to yoga and be­came a cer­ti­fied yoga teacher. With her sec­ond child on the way, Tracy's main work fo­cus is to take on projects that she deems not only im­por­tant but close to her heart.

Char­lotte Marie Flan­nery is an in­ter­na­tion­ally trained hair and makeup artist work­ing in the Mon­treal fash­ion and wed­ding in­dus­tries for over 10 years. Af­ter nav­i­gat­ing her own ex­pe­ri­ences as a mom of two chil­dren on the spec­trum, she wanted to do some­thing for the autism com­mu­nity. With Ray of Light Mtl, she and all those touched by autism will have a way to wear th­ese sym­bolic pieces with pride.

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