Thank you so much for all of your support over the past 6 years of me running Rachel Keppeler Designs. This year a special opportunity came up for me to help an amazing cause expand to Colorado. GenerateHope is a recovery home for survivors of sex trafficking and they've been doing amazing work in San Diego for 11 years. After volunteering with them for a year, God put it on my heart to help them expand their recovery program to Colorado so more survivors can find healing and a safe haven. As much as 2020 has been an wild year, God has come through time after time for this dream, and it is now becoming a reality. We are in the fundraising stages, and hope to open the new program addition next summer in the greater Denver area.
This leads me to the end of my jewelry business journey. I have taken on the role of Colorado Director of Operations for GenerateHope, and no longer have the time to work on my jewelry. God has been preparing me for this for a while now, and even though it is sad to close my business, I am ready.
To learn more about the program watch this video:
Please feel free to reach out to me for special occasion pieces, and I will try my best to accommodate. Rachelkeppelerdesigns@gmail.com
Finally, if you'd like to help support the new recovery home please reach out to me at email@example.com
My very first jewelry piece came from a place of grief and loss. My cousin David died in 2009 to a terrible disease that made him blind and eventually took his life. We were best friends. He used to write me letters in braille and we would talk on the phone all the time. I wanted to create something to remind me of him.
He was a joyful person full of life and energy. He loved God and loved people. I decided to create a braille necklace with the word "joyful" stamped into it. Not only was joy something I was longing for, but it described who he was perfectly. I went to the hardware store, came back with a hammer, nail and some brass and created my first piece that sparked my love for making jewelry. I recently created a collection called Letters From David inspired by the very first piece I made.
I love creating sentimental, feminine and floral jewelry. My favorite pieces to make are the custom pressed flower necklaces. Each one has a story behind it, a unique place where the flowers came from and a special meaning to the person receiving it. One customer collected flowers from her Grandmother's garden after she had passed away. She pressed them in books and then brought them all the way back to the US from overseas. I created 7 special pieces for her and her family to cherish the memories of their grandmother and wear as a reminder of her love for them and for her garden.
Originally from Wisconsin, I (Rachel) now live in San Diego, CA with my husband Hunter and our cats Bianca and Louie. I work out of my jewelry studio in our apartment to create and design my jewelry collection Rachel Keppeler Designs.
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