When Korean American Grace Lee‘s firstborn, Olivia, turned 1, she left her career in finance to be a stay-at-home mom. But it wasn’t long before the 33-year-old got antsy. One day, Lee, her husband and Olivia went for a drive in the family minivan. Lee turned to her husband and said, “Honey, what do you think about me designing jewelry?” He answered, “Go for it!”
And Oli + Me was born.
We got the scoop about this new fine jewelry line from Lee herself.
Audrey Magazine: Why did you start Oli + Me?
Grace Lee: I created what i was looking for — simple-chic fine jewelry for everyday that can be passed on to my girls. Nothing trendy or too much hype, but intentionally minimal. Simple, clean, classic pieces for everyday that can be passed on to the next generation.
AM: How did you come up with the name Oli + Me?
GL: “Oli” is short for our eldest Olivia and “me” is the second syllable in our second daughter Camilla’s middle Korean name Sae-me.
AM: Your rings aren’t just delicate, they can be made in baby and child sizes.
GL: In Korean tradition, a “dol” ring is a ring that is given to a child on their 1st birthday, usually in 24-kt. gold. Traditionally the gold is to symbolize longeivity and prosperity. The gifted gold was not meant to be worn by the child, but was set aside for the child’s future. All of our rings can be made in baby/child sizes. The bezel set diamond/sapphire ring and the signet rings are the two rings specifically designed to be used as dol rings. The idea is to gift a ring that the child can wear now into the future, whether in its original size of their childhood on a chain or on a pinky as an adult. In addition, both designs can be re-sized for adult fingers.
AM: You spent eight years in finance before starting Oli + Me. How did your husband feel about the change?
GL: My husband is my biggest fan and supporter. Most recently he took time off of work to watch our girls so I could meet with a store in paris. Oli + Me will be in Paris very soon!
Now one lucky Audrey reader will win two Oli + Me micro-beaded rings, in your choice of gold and size, just in time for Mother’s Day! All you have to do is tell us your best mother story, whether about your own mother, a mother you know, or yourself! Applicants can enter AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WANT!
We’ll pick the best story by Wednesday, May 11, 11:59 pm PST. You must have a U.S. mailing address to win. Good luck and Happy Mother’s Day!