Where it all began…
"It all started in my dorm room at Miami University when I decided to create a piece of braille jewelry. I wanted to create something special to remember my cousin David who had passed away from an illness that caused him to be blind. He used to send me letters all the time written in braille. I went to the hardware store, came back with a hammer, nail and some brass and created the braille jewelry piece. My creativity bloomed from there. I kept buying more supplies and learned about metalworking and design, eventually turning it into a business. Knowing how special that piece was for me to remember my cousin, I wanted to create something that could be custom and sentimental for others too. I started making custom pressed flower pieces for people using flowers from their wedding, Grandma's garden, funerals, and special occasions. I'm inspired everyday by the intricate beauty of tiny flowers, and notice them so much more now that I use them in my work!"
Originally from Wisconsin, Rachel now lives in San Diego, CA with her husband Hunter and their cat Bianca. She works out of her jewelry studio in their apartment to create and design her jewelry collection.
Each jewelry piece is hand-designed or hand-selected by Rachel. All the Essential Blooms pieces are created with real pressed flowers or greenery, and can be customized with your own special flower. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Rachel Keppeler Designs!