Behind the scenes at the OKRA studio

 
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Today we want to bring you behind the scenes of a  normal day at the studio. 

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Your jewelry is mostly made by Xiao Song as Julie takes care of creating new pieces for the upcoming collections. 

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Getting the orders and stock ready for the weekend.

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The making of the Cosmic Seashell rings

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All Eyes On You earrings waiting to be displayed. 

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Brief sketches of La Marée collection a while back 

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A beautiful mess. 

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Xiao song's beautiful hair.

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Manually coating each brass piece one by one.

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Drying the pieces.

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Food break! We tasted the new vegan pizza from Tribe. Pretty yummy and filling.

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And of course... tea! To finish the day beautifully and soothe the mind.

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How to stack your rings

 
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Have you ever looked at your hands and thought about what an extraordinarily powerful instrument they are? Your hands are responsible for turning a lot of your thoughts into tangible actions, allowing you to explore and experience the physical realm, feel different textures and surfaces, communicate through its subtle gestures, convey emotions and caress your loved ones.

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The art of wearing jewelry on your hands come with a multitude of traditions and significances, especially rings. How you choose to wear them, depends ultimately on your intentions.

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Find inspiration in the different ways of stacking your rings that does more than make a bold statement. Through your preferred choices, you may just awaken the spiritual energies within you, to delve deeper into the meaning behind actions and live a more intentional life.

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Farid Belkahia • 'Main', Morocco, 1980's

Farid Belkahia • 'Main', Morocco, 1980's

Thumb - ether

Your thumb represent ether. According to the Vedas, ether is the material that fills up the universe, the skies above the terrestrial realm. Channel the energy of the universe and increases your willpower with a ring on your thumb.

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Index finger – water

Our index finger represents the water element. When you are feeling ungrounded, dehydrated, lacking in self-esteem, vulnerable, or with a heart that has become too hard, allow the qualities of water to soften you, and also serving as a protector to your physical body.

Middle finger - earth

The middle finger allows you a direct connection with the earth element. Earth provides you with balance and emotional stability, allowing you reduce anxiety and embody the grounding and calming properties of earth.

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From our Zodiac gemstone ring collection

From our Zodiac gemstone ring collection

Ring finger - fire

The ring finger embodies Apollo, the Roman God of all creative pursuits, love and beauty. It is also the finger that represents the element of fire and is associated with all aesthetic pursuits and conveys friendliness and compassion.

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Little finger - air

Air is invisible, but its effects are visible. We are unable to see it, but we can sense its presence. The little finger represents the air element, closely linked to the energies of intuition and sensitivity.

Allow your rings to help you manifest your intentions, stay focused on your goals, so that you can live your days purposefully.

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How do you wear your rings?

 

NEW COLLECTION | SEASHELLS FOREVER

 
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Seashells are embedded deep within OKRA’s spiritual soul. Their irregularities and imperfections, their rough edges and polished surfaces, inspire us to imagine stories with our jewelry. They are tireless adventurers that have traveled oceans before resting on the shores or at the bottom of the ocean. If only they could speak, can you imagine the tales they could tell?

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We have been telling stories with seashells since OKRA came to be. They have always been at the heart of our designs and form an inseparable part of the soul of our creativity. Each of OKRA’s collection has featured seashells, whether prominently as the star of the show or hiding discretely in the details.

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Here's our new mini collection inspired by seashells. Check it out here !

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S E A S H E L L S    F O R E V E R

Pearl Forest earrings

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Let us be like seashells and let ourselves go with the flow.

With love,

OKRA

 

What do you love about being a woman?

 
 
 
 

March 8 is internationally recognized as women’s day. We take this day to commemorate and celebrate the influence and achievements of women throughout history, so we can empower and embolden everyone else to reveal the true Goddesses inside them.

We asked 22 inspiring women we know “what do you love about being a woman?

Jen wearing    Celeste Earring

Jen wearing Celeste Earring

Jen 

What I love about being a woman NOW is the shift we see in the structures of society. We know what we want and we’re not afraid to ask for it.

It’s a collective force that is growing stronger and a sense of sisterhood that wasn’t as visible when I was growing up.

Today we support and stand by each other, we share love and praise rather than envying one another.

I hope it will be an inspiration for the generations to come.


Katherine wearing    La Nomade Earring

Katherine wearing La Nomade Earring

Katherine

I love it because we have a more developed sixth sense and is there for us all the time, we just need to learn how to listen to it. But the best thing for me is that we are lucky and blessed to be able to carry and experience how it is to grow another life in our body. It is the most wonderful thing!



Jayna wearing    Sunset Earring

Jayna wearing Sunset Earring

Jayna

I love that I can embrace and experience every part of my feminine nature and energy.


Camden

The thing I love most about being a woman is the ability to be an emotional chameleon, the daily shifting between the confidence and nurturing it takes to lead our teams to the support and encouragement we provide to our peers to the unselfconscious liberation of laughter with friends to the vulnerability we allow ourselves with our partners. A woman’s emotional range allows us to be so many people to the communities around us.


Jann wearing    The Tide Earring

Jann wearing The Tide Earring

Jann 

I love the bonding and connection between woman to woman, the way we communicate and how we are intuitively are more connected to our inner self.

And just the fact that only female can carry and give birth to a new life. . . That in itself, is magical. . .!


Yilei 

‘I met more cheerful and curious women at their 60s than men of same age. One day I’d like to be one of them.


Ksusha wearing    Sega Dance Earring

Ksusha wearing Sega Dance Earring

Ksusha 

What I love about being a woman is our intuition. Our ability to understand or know something immediately based on our feelings.

That sensitivity and skill helps give us a mysterious psychological insight, an ability to obtain understanding.

No, we didn't graduate from the " University of Everything", we just know everything once we relax and let this magical intuition work for us. Sometimes we just know it, that's it.


Mandy

Being a woman means that we have the freedom to sensitively feel, to care compulsively, to be angered by wrongs, and most importantly, to love with every ounce of our being. I struggled with all of these things as a girl, but as I’ve gotten older and have been surrounded by great women, it’s been incredible to hold each other together and grow stronger with one another.


Adja wearing    Wholeness Earring

Adja wearing Wholeness Earring

Adja

A woman is an exceptional schizophrenic, a kind of hero with multiple skills, navigating skilfully in everyday life. To be a woman is to be who you want to be. It's more than a sex, some even have the P* word. We would need volumes of books to explain what it is to be a woman. We are not a woman, we are WOMEN. I will say that we are just magical creatures and hard to decipher but within credible strength to gather, support, create and work hard. WOMEN are agile, empathic, crazy, emotional, mother, activists and come in all shapes, gender, nationalities, and more ... In fact I do not know, I continue to explore my different identities and how they interact to make whole ... as I said a little schizophrenic but exceptional.


Michelle  

The best part of being a woman is...

our ability to tap into our emotions and sensibilities and use them to empower us to become things that society thinks we are not capable of... entrepreneurs, leaders and winners.


Liya wearing    Wholeness Earring

Liya wearing Wholeness Earring

Liya

Aaaah.. Women… The magnitude and spectrum of feelings that we are capable of experiencing… All that love, joy, compassion, anguish, anger, sadness, confusion tinge our lives with myriads of tones and semitones of colors… To be a woman gets unbearably overwhelming at times, but mostly it is just an incredible journey of discovering the infinite universe that we hide inside of ourselves.


Natasha wearing    Mala Earring

Natasha wearing Mala Earring

Natasha

What I love about being a woman is how undefined we are. We women are able to embody the feminine in so many contrastive but perfect ways.

For me, it is the creative versatility, the innate connection, the divine sensuality, the fierce intuition and the multi-faceted nature that I treasure about being a woman. And despite how differently how she or I may embody the feminine, we all come from the same sacred line of woman.


Céline wearing    Soley Earring

Céline wearing Soley Earring

Céline


I never really think about being a woman before. As a young woman, you have the struggle of who want to be. And with time you realize how powerful our body and mind can be; the ability of giving life to another human being is one of the reason why women are strong. I love how powerful and fearless we are. Living in a big city like Shanghai, make you understand how strong and independent women are living their life. We are lucky to have the freedom of who we want to be. I am happy to be surrounded by fearless creative minds.

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we all move forward when

we recognize how resilient

and striking the women

around us are

- Rupi Kaur


Jennie

What do you love about being a woman?
 

That I can feel this deep sense of gratitude for all the women before me, that have fought for centuries so we are able to live the way we do today. I say this knowing that we still live in a very patriarchal society, but also appreciating how much we have already achieved against the odds. There is still much of a way to go, but isn’t it such a powerful feeling knowing we can continue to drive the positive changes, that we can continue to make a difference?

Through the choices I make, through the life I choose to live, and through being able to empower other women around me - that is what being a woman means to me. 


Yiyi wearing    Mantra Earring

Yiyi wearing Mantra Earring

Yiyi

I love to be a woman: I’m feeling like a plant, a flower and a tree to experience growth, Love and beauty in different age and mood. That’s the most interesting thing in life!


Julie wearing    La Nomade Earring

Julie wearing La Nomade Earring

Julie 

We're so intuitive and compassionate. We are able to tap into our inner self and really listen to our heart. We see through the ones we love and know instantly when something doesn't feel right.

We're so damn good at multitasking too, most of the women I know don't ever quit on their dreams and that inspires me so much. 

I'm grateful to have so many strong women as my sisters, we share the same pain and victory!


Rebecca wearing    The Reflection Earring

Rebecca wearing The Reflection Earring



Rebecca 

When I started out in broadcasting it was very much a man’s world, boysy and competitive. As a junior journalist in my 20’s I was told on numerous occasions that I needed to be ‘more like a man’ in the workplace. It never really resonated with me and I’m glad I was never tempted to follow the advice (however kindly meant it may have been at the time). Slowly my generation made a very macho profession a much kinder place to be, by ‘being who we are’ with no apologies.  That’s what I love about being a woman - finding power in compassion, strength in kind-heartedness. The landscape in the workplace has changed a lot, and I enjoy watching how the way that we work and interact continues to evolve as more generations of young women and young men add their creativity to the world.


Jenny wearing    The Tide Earring

Jenny wearing The Tide Earring

Jenny 

When I think of the BEING of a woman, I feel so grateful, not just for the body of a woman, that can hold and create life, manifesting the birth of home and community, I also am so grateful to BE the embodiment of feminine consciousness.  To me, that is where it really reaches my deep gratitude for being a woman as well as openness for the masculine inside of me, all of which is important to achieve the balance.

 

Feminine or yin energy is intuitive nurturing, soft, reflective, watery (flowly), creative, artistic, innovative, entrepreneurial, intelligent, communicative, resourceful, compassionate and organised. These are all traits that have been very present in my life.

All the women in my life have been great forces of strength, resilience, adaptability, love, independence, femininity, sensuality and forces of leadership. From my mother, grandmother, teachers, mentors, boss, friends and even the inner child in me. My feminine being and consciousness is what drives my heart forward to grow with the flow, whilst manifesting the journey I want at the same time. Following my Divine wisdom from within, the grounding of who I am, whilst utilising the knowledge to power the decisions, express myself and connect deeply with others.

 

Through celebrating my feminine, I have learnt to truly understand and love the masculine in me, which to me, is the full arrive of being a WOMAN!


Emily

I think the best part of being a woman is that the female energy lies in you is so deeply bound with nature and emotion, and that’s what makes you feel the world in a more feminine way.


Itee

My favorite thing about being a woman is the relationships we can foster and the communities we canbuild. We have such a unique skill set for this. We have the physical stamina and the mental tenacity. We aren't unbreakable, but we are great at putting the pieces back together. I wish more women in positions of power would stop telling other women what they need to fix and just go ahead and be the change makers - help redefine society and rules to be more supportive and nurturing of all women, just as they are.


Hong Tiny Monster wearing    Silver Third Eye Ring

Hong Tiny Monster wearing Silver Third Eye Ring

Hong Tiny Monster

I always joked about that I am an independent woman. Women are way more sensitive and emotional than men, which makes it more difficult to be independent in many cases, like in a relationship or in business. But at the same time it's the best part of being a woman, cos I feel more alive and challenging.


Christelle wearing    Sunset Earring

Christelle wearing Sunset Earring

Christelle

What do I love about being a woman ?

 

Interesting question...

Few years ago, I used to be shaved, wearing leather jackets, jeans and boots, being afraid to show my “feminine” side because of childhood and a society stigmatization.

 

After finding the inner love and self worth, I accept myself as a woman and the duality coming with it:

I love being vulnerable and strong, grounded and carried away.

Being a woman is being emotional, inspirational and powerful.


So, I would say in this special day : own your feminity and embrace yourself !


Being a woman can mean so many different things. Our roles in life keep changing, as daughters, sisters, mothers, someone’s best friend or a leaderIt is imperative that we remember no matter what shoes we fill at a moment in time, we have the power to constantly inspire, support and stand together.

Remember to celebrate your womanhood everyday.

with love,

OKRA

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The secrets to creating your perfect home

OKRA inspirations is a carefully curated mood board of visual imagery and ideas for better living. At OKRA, we value wellness of both the body and mind, we believe in finding and adding spiritual depth to lives, through meaningful jewelry and by inspiring you to surround yourself with positive energy. 


Home • Your Sanctuary

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The world we live in today is hectic, stressful and full of to-do lists – most of which we tend to bring home. Creating a safe place, a place you can call home, has become more important than ever.

Whether you live in a tiny lane house or a sprawling four-bedroom residence, your home either energizes and nurtures you or leaves you feeling exhausted.

Your home is your sanctuary, a calm and peaceful place that helps your recharge, completely shut off from the city that moves at dizzying speeds.

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Upgrading your basic space to create the home of your dreams can seem like a daunting task at first, but with a little help and some inspiration, you will be well on your way to creating for yourself an oasis in this city.

Positivity 

Take action and remove any object that disturbs your energy or brings up bad memories. Furnish your surroundings with objects that will fill your life with positive vibes.

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Nature 

Plants are our favorite way to bring the outdoors in to our homes. They will breathe life into your space and keep the air that you breathe in a constant and renewed flow.

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Lightning

Lighting has the power to create and change the mood in a space. Good lighting can be therapeutic, uplifting our spirits, adding vitality to a room.

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Colors

Raffia, linen and earth colors help you stay grounded and closer to nature. Surround yourself with classic and timeless shades that works to calm your body after a long day’s work.

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Decorate

Your home is a place you bring your treasures to. Find dedicated spaces to carry meaningful objects and build a sanctuary around it.

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Sensory

Experiencing a space goes beyond sight. It is also what you feel and what you smell. Enhance the multi sensory aura of your home through essential oils, rugs that are soothing to touch, and beddings that coax you to fall into a deep and rested sleep.

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Transforming your home into a retreat.

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Mesmerized by the diatoms of our waters

Everyone has beauty, but not everyone sees it – Confucius

Goethe once said, Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever. And these secret natural laws seem to be precisely following the principles of symmetry and mathematics to manifest itself in one tiny speck of a diatom.

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Diatoms are single celled algae living in beautiful glass shells made out of silica. They are about a quarter of a hair strand in size making them some of the tiniest organisms in the world.

 

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For mother nature, the master curator as well as the brilliant artist behind these astounding creatures, diatom’s used to be her best kept secret, until we discovered a way to observe these invisible beauties under a microscope. 

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As I flicked through the images, I am unsure of what is most striking for me.Whether it is the sheer wealth of details contained in each micro meter of a single diatom or that there is so much variety among all diatomic species, much more than science is yet to discover.

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Diatoms are so intricate in design, and so well sculptured, it is as if every single detail had been pain stakingly drawn, measured and put together, mulled over countless times, before they came to be.

The diatoms of the ocean, living in the dark corners of the water, provide a fifth of all the oxygen in the world. These microscopic beauties each play an infinitesimal part to hold our ecosystem together in a delicate balance.

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Delve into these images with curiosity and appreciation for the tiny specks of beauty that's hidden around you. 

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Islands of jewelry

More than jewelry, we believe that each of our pieces is a precious amulet that holds the power to ground, uplift or inspire. We are inspired by nature, ancestral blueprints, stories from the past, people and music.

Made of regenerated stones, crystals and other foraged natural and organic materials, OKRA pieces are worn as meaningful objet d’art for the independent woman — whether it is to calm the mind, body and spirit, or to bring out the audacious goddess in you.
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