Samantha Lockwood's Profile

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I love wearing flowers. One way to feel life smiling back at you is through the beauty and fragrance of a flower. My Grandmother (Betty King) was the first person who turned me onto the power of wearing a fresh flower. She wore one everyday behind her ear or pinned into her hair to "share positive energy and get the right kind of attention" she said.

Over time, I found myself wearing flowers almost everyday the same way my Grandmother had done, by pinning them into my hair. Yet, I wanted something new and different. I wanted to carry on her tradition, yet step it up a notch. I knew that if I could design something that would offer a small water supply that flowers would last longer.

Fleurings were born from my need. I wanted it to feel lightweight, not bulky. It took me many tries and many designs until I created a working…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 28
  • Joined June 28, 2012

Favorite materials

vermeil, gemstones, sterling silver, stainless steel, gold plated silver, brushed gold, polished steel, flowers, fresh flowers, artificial flowers, black, real flowers

About

I love wearing flowers. One way to feel life smiling back at you is through the beauty and fragrance of a flower. My Grandmother (Betty King) was the first person who turned me onto the power of wearing a fresh flower. She wore one everyday behind her ear or pinned into her hair to "share positive energy and get the right kind of attention" she said.

Over time, I found myself wearing flowers almost everyday the same way my Grandmother had done, by pinning them into my hair. Yet, I wanted something new and different. I wanted to carry on her tradition, yet step it up a notch. I knew that if I could design something that would offer a small water supply that flowers would last longer.

Fleurings were born from my need. I wanted it to feel lightweight, not bulky. It took me many tries and many designs until I created a working prototype that I thought was sleek and sexy, and worked! But eventually I made a fully functioning earring, one that would hold water and flowers nicely. It was all the things I wanted it to be: elegant and beautiful without a flower... this was exactly what I had envisioned.

Fleurings became the name of my line based on the word "Fleur" which means 'flower' in French. Fleur + Earrings = Fleurings. Though my line started with earrings it now includes an ever expanding mini-vase collection of new necklaces, lapel pins and more coming soon. All of which make wearing flowers easy, stylish and keep blooms lasting.

The best part about wearing flowers is that Mother Nature made so many different varieties. I swear no two flowers are ever the same! Each one varies in shape, size and best of all, fragrance. There is always a flower that will match your mood, or your outfit. This makes Fleurings the most versatile jewelry on Earth (in my humble opinion). Just change your flower and you have a whole new look.

Fleurings jewelry offers one of the best combinations on Earth : women and flowers. One day I told my yoga teacher Bikram Choudhury (now quite famous for his Bikram Yoga series) about my jewelry and said to me "you are putting flowers and women together to make a perfect package". I could not agree more. Even my customers tell me about how many compliments they get from wearing flowers now.

Jasmine, orchids, daisies, mini-roses are just a few of my favorite flowers to wear.

My other favorite thing is that now you can wear your hair down and still style with flowers, rather than having to pin them into a ponytail or an up-do. Using Fleurings earrings, necklaces or lapel pins there are all these new ways to wear flowers. Being the eternal 'California girl' myself this is a relief to me, since I DO NOT love wearing a my hair up everyday. For me, hair that is down is sexy.... and more comfortable.

So, the earrings and necklaces are ideal accessories to wear flowers while still keeping your hair down. Plus they are so easy to use.. just add water, add flowers and go.

The way I see it when you carry a flower you share nature's beauty with you everywhere you go. All over the world flowers symbolize love, friendship and are used to offer a 'spirit of welcome'. Places of hospitality and of worship use flowers to signify 'this is a place of calm and happiness'. Flowers are given to make your loved ones feel special and cheerful, whether it is on a happy or a sad occasion, flowers always make it better.

Besides this jewelry line my time everyday is divided into doing all of the things I love. I believe we must do what we love to do as well as whatever we have to do. I am also a certified Bikram yoga teacher and I love to practice and teach this yoga a couple times a week... This is a passion for me because I love to make other people happy and feel good. I seek to do this through all forms of my work, whether it is my acting career, making my designs.... or just my presence. On a deep level I know that I am my happiest when I am making other people feel good, feel happy and be healthy. That is my highest purpose.

I believe in sharing your beauty, your light, love and wisdom with the world. Just think that without my Grandmother showing me the importance of her tradition to wear flowers then I would never have created Fleurings. In my opinion the lesson here is that you never know what impact or change you can make in someone else's life that will inspire them.

Creating something like this is not as easy as it might seem to be... as are most things in life, there are complications on every journey. Some people think I had an idea and that was the hard part, and now that the hard part is over I just have to make it... Unfortunately a good idea was the easy part. Luckily I have been inspired, encouraged and supported and mentored by my Mother, my Father, my friends and family, and the world around me to never give up. No matter how many times I have wanted to, perseverance always pays off in the end and it is really the only option. Giving up is never an option. Working through issues whether they are about design, manufacturing, money and sometimes time management will lead to a better solution and a better product in the end.

In conclusion, in encourage you to bloom from the inside out, wear flowers, be happy, don't give up on your dreams and work hard to achieve them. You never know what might happen today or tomorrow or the next day.

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