Why the Blues?
The first blues song ever recorded by a black female vocalist, was sung by Mamie Smith in 1920 and female blues artist have been recoding amazing music ever since. We find it powerful, like the woman pictured here. She's got a directness that's epic and we love that in women!
The Blues Collection is all about reflecting life's realities - it's quirks, it's joys, it's sorrows. Listening to the blues brings it home and we wanted to give you a bit of that for your day.
'Cause, really, there is nothing quite like the blues to set your day right. Cheers!
Amplify Your Life
Ever put on an outfit and it just makes you feel amazing? Ever picked up something beautiful and just feel joy? Our jewelry is designed to do just that.
O. Sophronia wants to amplify that everyday by giving you some curated music to match your mood.
We want you to feel your best. So, we're sharing a short guided meditation designed to comfort, heal, and support. Because, let’s face it, sometimes the blues need to be embraced.
Breathe. You've got this.
Badass woman of History: Queen Bess
Bessie Coleman (January 26, 1892 – April 30, 1926) was the first African-American woman and first Native American to hold a pilot license (and was the first Black person to earn an international pilot's license).
Born to a family of sharecroppers in Texas, Coleman worked in the cotton fields at a young age while also studying in a small segregated school. Coleman developed an early interest in flying, but African Americans, Native Americans, and women had no flight training opportunities in the United States, so she saved and obtained sponsorships to go to France for flight school. She became a high-profile pilot in notoriously dangerous air shows in the United States and was known as Brave Bessie or Queen Bess.
- Good ol' Wikipedia
Quotes for your day
“My mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
"I refused to take no for an answer."
- Bessie Coleman
Where does the wood come from?
Most of the wood that O. Sophronia uses comes from small urban mills in California and Washington. We can tell you where the tree grew, often down to the street corner it grew on. Most urban logs end up in the landfill, so using urban lumber ensures that we're not wasting this amazing resource.
We work with the saw mills (especially Urban Wood Rescue, which Bethany used to manage) to get pieces of wood that we can then mill down and turn into beautiful pieces of jewelry.