A bike chain takes the place of a bracelet on her wrist, tied together with a jewelry lock as a nod to her and her father's love for biking.

According to Google Trends, "inspirational jewelry" has been searched more than 100 times in the past month. Jewelry brands from Origami Owl, Alex and Ani and personally run brands, have edged their way into the trend.

Layla Ferris, a freshman journalism major, said her unique bracelet was given to her by her dad.

"This means a lot, it's like the infusion of me and my dad," she said.

Kasy'e Lalau is a part-time independent sales woman for Origami Owl. The company has a vast variety of options, from lockets and charms to inspirational messages engraved on silver pendants such as, "Find joy in The Journey."

"Every piece of jewelry is inspirational and it represents the person buying it," Lalau explains. "It's customizable, and our motto is to tell your stories through lockets, which is very similar to Pandora, but affordable."

Lalau said she has seen a recent rise of women looking for positive things to wear.

"Women want empowering pieces of jewelry that also show what they're most proud of or [what is dearest] to their hearts," Lalau said.

Camila Uribe, the owner and operator at Guilty Little Pl34sures Boutique, is a senior radio television major and has been selling jewelry for some time now.

One of her goals is to open up a boutique, mainly to showcase statement jewelry for her patrons to express their own style.

"To me, jewelry is to express heart and individuality. My guiltiest of pleasures is statement necklaces," Uribe said. "They're a way to add a pop of color, a pop of chic, a pop of 'me' to most anything I wear. They don't necessarily reflect anything else besides how bold I feel that day, or something that I feel puts together my look of the day."

For Uribe, jewelry and fashion are not only words or looks. For her, it's more profound, and she takes it very seriously.

"Jewelry goes hand-in-hand with style, which is conducive to reflecting someone's personality. In a way, jewelry is not the source of inspiration, it's complementary to what I'm already feeling or would like to feel," she said.

While statement jewelry may add a pop of color or personality to a wardrobe, Ferris sees jewelry as emotional and sentimental.

"They all hold a story, and I remember the exact moment when I got or made them," Ferris said.


Natalia Baqueiro is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.

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