Some might argue that the jewelry business is a materialistic industry, but at the end of the day, our business exists because of love. A diamond ring, a gorgeous necklace, a statement earring—these pieces are purchased on the basis of love. Whether it’s an exchange between two people to say I love you or a purchase for oneself as an act of self-love, these beautiful gestures would not come about without love.
What’s happening in the world goes far beyond jewelry, however. Over the past few weeks, an overdue movement in the right direction is taking place as those who were once silent in their neutrality have become loud as they join the fight and be allies for communities in great need. We stand in solidarity with the Black community as we raise our voices, platforms, resources and time to help take action for a future of equality and justice.
To honor love, and to honor our Black community, we’ve gathered some meaningful quotes from authors and figureheads. We hope you enjoy this reprieve and return to reality invigorated by love’s unmistakable power to move mountains and ignite change.
“Don’t ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn’t fall in love, I rose in it.”
— Toni Morrison
“Paradise is one’s own place, One’s own people, One’s own world, Knowing and known. Perhaps even Loving and loved.”
— Octavia Butler
“I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.”
— Alice Walker
“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.”
— Zora Neale Hurston
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
“In the flush of love’s light, we dare be brave. And suddenly we see that love costs all we are, and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free.”
— Maya Angelou
“Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
— James Baldwin
“We choose love. Our love for our children. Our commitment to leaving them a better world. Our love for our country … our love for our fellow citizens … that’s what we choose.”
— Michelle Obama
“Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.”
— Janelle Monae
“When you put love out in the world it travels, and it can touch people and reach people in ways that we never even expected.”
— Laverne Cox
“Yes, I do have a big ego … and I am in love with myself … Because if you don’t love yourself how can anybody love you back?”
— Mel B
“I believe in one day and someday and this perfect moment called Now.”
― Jacqueline Woodson
“Your voices matter, your dreams matter, your lives matter. Be the roses that grow in the concrete.”
― Angie Thomas
“Kindness eases change, Love quiets fear.”
— Octavia Butler
“We love each other. That’s all we need to make it work.”
— N.D. Jones
Thank you for being a part of the Uneek Jewelry family. You are truly a treasure of them all.