When Danielle King isn't busy with her family she likes to take some time for herself. "This is my time to meditate and think and it's like all time stops when I'm doing this and this is just what I do. I love it," King said.
What she loves is making items for her business, Abrau Jewelry. The oldest of her two sons came up with the name, Abrau. It's what he calls his mom. He made it up out of the blue. But it turns out that's also the name of a lake in Russia where King's family is originally from. A weird coincidence and the name stuck.
"I was a little bit of a late bloomer. I moved around job to job, a little bit lost in my life and didn't really know what I wanted to do," King said. "Five years ago I was seeking something I could do for myself, something that was mine."
King says that's when jewelry making fell into her lap. Once she perfected her craft, she started her business out of her Milton home. That was two years ago.
King makes everything from beaded cuff bracelets on a loom to hand wired necklaces. Pieces range from $28 to hundreds. All of her pieces have meaning -- many influenced by Buddhism. From stones with healing properties like energy or freedom, to symbols like infinity and karma. King also has a line of acceptance bracelets. Many have adjustable signature closures to fit any size wrist. "If you look there's a pattern in that represents a path and rising above it and taking the high road," she said.
King sells her jewelry to people all over the world -- from China to Australia. And its even gotten the attention of Hollywood. One of King's necklaces will be featured on the show Vampire Diaries. "It's supposed to be worn by Caroline on the Vampire Diaries episode 14," King said.
For King it's all lining up. The Buddhist philosophy -- if you do good, good things will come to you -- is ringing true. "It's just kind of karma I guess you could say. It all came full circle and I'm doing something I love," she said.
A job that's a perfect fit for King and the people who love her Made in Vermont jewelry.
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