Laura Legendary is the unlikely entrepreneur behind the Elegant Insights Braille Creations jewelry and accessories collection. What makes her an unlikely entrepreneur? For starters, she is a business owner who is blind.
The Elegant Insights project began in 2009, inspired by a gift Laura received while struggling through a difficult time in her life - the sudden death of her husband less than six months after their wedding. The gift was a little worry stone, and it was engraved with the word "survivor" on one side, and to her surprise, the word "survivor" in braille on the other. Right then, the concept of a line of braille jewelry came to her in a single flash of inspiration.
Two years of research and development culminated in the 2011 launch of the Elegant Insights jewelry collection. The mission of Elegant Insights is to provide high-quality, stylish, handcrafted jewelry to braille and print readers alike, to support braille literacy, and to showcase the beauty of braille. Laura and her staff believe everybody matters, and their passion for excellent customer service and attention to detail are demonstrative of their devotion to every client, and every product.
"In designing jewelry for a diverse world, I have sought to incorporate two distinct means of communication, one visual, the other, tactile, and flip them. Jewelry is generally thought of as ornamental, a way to express our personal sense of style, or to convey that which is meaningful. Braille is a system of raised dots used by people with vision loss for reading and writing that is recognizable by touch. In combining them, my designs transform the visual, decorative aspects of jewelry into tactual art, and showcases braille as texture that can also be enjoyed visually.
I work with contemporary metals such as brass, copper, and stainless steel. I am inspired by geometry, music, art and architecture. For braille readers, I introduce sound along with touch, to emphasize the delicate musicality of the interplay of metal charms and components. For non-braille readers, my jewelry is a blend of tactile and visual elements that bring out the beauty of braille, enabling the wearer to make a statement without saying a word. Elegant Insights Braille Creations jewelry is a multi-sensory approach to style as self-expression that is inclusive of everyone."