“Jewelry has power. There is no other form of adornment filled with such personal meaning. We wear it close to our skin with an intimacy that becomes a part of us - our story and our legacy.”
– Kathleen Sleigh, founder and designer of Darśana
The first necklace I designed was a gift for my oldest daughter, Lucy. At the time I was reading Richard Rohr and was inspired by his description of a walking meditation using a “mirror medallion” to practice the flow of receiving and reflecting God’s love and beauty.
I loved the idea of Lucy and her sisters, Sophie and Vivi, each wearing their very own “mirror medallions” made of tiny antique mirrors set in gold, scattered with diamonds and engraved with an “all-seeing eye” on a solid gold back. The desire to gift my daughters with a meaningful piece of jewelry eventually led to the creation of Darśana, a collection of fine jewelry symbolizing an empowering spiritual message.
At it's heart, Darśana is an homage to the faith tradition of my heritage. A key part of that faith is the belief that everyone has a priceless inner beauty. Our beauty is reflected in the good we bring to the world – the things we create, the people we love, the wounds we heal and the sacrifices we make. It’s a beauty born of God and seen by Him, the ultimate Eye of the Beholder. When we are seen by God and beheld in His love, we become like mirrors reflecting love and beauty to the world.
I hope your piece of Darśana will become a deeply personal talisman—connecting you to the flow of receiving and reflecting love and beauty in the way you were always meant to see and be seen.
Darśana's mission is to be a creative enterprise contributing to a more just and beautiful world. We are committed to producing fine jewelry that is socially responsible, upholding ethical manufacturing practices. A portion of our profits are contributed to organizations in support of residential care and restorative programs for Chicago area survivors of sex trafficking.