Cleopatra

Released in March, during Women's history month, The ELLE collection is inspired by strong women who impacted our society and made a change in our culture.
All over the world, women have been fighting for our rights and equality and sacrificed for generations to come.

Named after a few of these women, this collection is an ode to their strength.

We hope that each of our pieces will adorn you and make you feel beautiful throughout your day and that reading about these strong women will remind you of your own strength and how you can influence big changes in your lives.

-Anne Harrill, head designer and owner of Océanne


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A well-known early "girl boss", Cleopatra was one of the last rulers of Egypt as part of the Ptolemaic Kingdom. Her reign, like many, is known for lots of scandal and intrigue. She initially ruled alongside her brother-husbands and after their deaths solidified her reign with a union to Julius Caesar.  After his assassination, she formed a political and personal union with Mark Antony and later committed suicide soon after him. 
Although she's often depicted as just a seductress, scholars say she possibly spoke  a dozen languages and was educated in mathematics, philosophy, oratory and astronomy. She is considered a ruler “who elevated the ranks of scholars and enjoyed their company.” Her likeness has been preserved in many works of art including Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra, numerous movies and several paintings and sculptures. 

our Cleo and Petite Cleo earrings

Zora Neale Hurston

Released in March, during Women's history month, The ELLE collection is inspired by strong women who impacted our society and made a change in our culture.
All over the world, women have been fighting for our rights and equality and sacrificed for generations to come.

Named after a few of these women, this collection is an ode to their strength.

We hope that each of our pieces will adorn you and make you feel beautiful throughout your day and that reading about these women will remind you about your strength and how you can influence big changes in your lives.

-Anne Harrill, head designer and owner of Océanne


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"There are years that ask questions and years that answer."

Zora Neale Hurston is a well-known American author best known for her 1937 work Their Eyes Were Watching God. In addition to being a prolific novelist, she was also an anthropologist who studied racial struggles in the South and Haitian voodoo.  In the 1920s, Hurston was one of the central Harlem Renaissance writers and part of the Niggerati. While a part of it, she and her contemporaries, including Langston Hughes, published Fire!!, a literary magazine, in 1926. Throughout the next couple of decades, Hurston published a variety of novels, essays and field studies. In 1937, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to research spiritual practices in Jamaica and Haiti. She published her findings in Tell My Horse (1938).  
Despite having several published works including essays, short stores and novels, Hurston lived in relative obscurity for most of her life.  She spent the last decade of her life relatively unknown and a post-humous resurgence came about due to the 1975 Alice Walker article titled "In Search of Zora Neale Hurston". 
Today, she is widely recognized as one of the influential African American writers and a leading writer of the Harlem Renaissance. 

our Zora cuff

Helena Rubinstein

Released in March, during Women's history month, The ELLE collection is inspired by strong women who impacted our society and made a change in our culture.
All over the world, women have been fighting for our rights and equality and sacrificed for generations to come.

Named after a few of these women, this collection is an ode to their strength.

We hope each of our pieces will adorn you and make you feel beautiful throughout your day and that reading about these women will remind you about your strength and how you can influence big changes in your lives.

-Anne Harrill, head designer and owner of Océanne


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"I fell in love with beauty a long, long time ago, but what I wanted was to create beauty - not to be blinded by it."

Helena Rubinstein was a pioneer of the cosmetics industry. Born to Polish Jewish parents in 1872, she emigrated to Australia in 1902. While there, her fashionable attire and milky, clear complexion made her an envy of many of the local women. The women were so hungry for her secrets that Rubinstein began selling the beauty creams she'd arrived with. This burgeoning business led Rubinstein to start creating her own creams using the abundant supply of lanolin from nearby sheep farms. In five years, the success of the Australian business led Rubinstein to open up operations in London and later the USA.
In addition to running a cosmetics empire, Rubinstein was also an avid supporter of the arts and donated to medical research and to the America Israel Cultural Foundation.
Helena Rubinstein is still a well-known and profitable cosmetics company and was acquired by L'oreal in 1988.  


our Helena earrings on the right
This wasn't intentional, but these abstract earrings resemble a stylized female form, don't you think? Perfect to represent a woman who revolutionized female style!

Emmeline Pankhurst

Released in March, during Women's history month, The ELLE collection is inspired by strong women who impacted our society and made a change in our culture.
All over the world, women have been fighting for our rights and equality and sacrificed for generations to come.

Named after a few of these women, this collection is an ode to their strength.

We hope that each of our pieces will make you feel beautiful throughout your day and to remind you about your strength and how you can influence big changes in your lives.

-Anne Harrill, head designer and owner of Océanne


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"You must make women count as much as men; you must have an equal standard of morals; and the only way to enforce that is through giving women political power so that you can get that equal moral standard registered in the laws of the country. It is the only way."
 

Voting is a right that so many of us take for granted (and unfortunately, some don't even take advantage of it)  but in our not too distant past, many were fighting for it. A lot of us in the States are somewhat familiar with the Suffragettes of the 1920s and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 but our friends across the pond were also fighting their own battles. 
Emmeline Pankhurst was one such fighter. 
Pankhurst was born July 15, 1858 into a politically active family and was introduced the Suffragette movement at the young age of 14.  She later became a leader in the British Suffragette movement and founded the Women's Political and Social Union (WPSU) in 1903. She and her family became known for their militant and controversial tactics including arson and vandalism. During their several prison sentences, they also staged hunger strikes to protest unfair jail conditions. 
With the onset of World War 1, Pankhurst directed her energy towards supporting the British fight against the Germans and encouraged young men to fight. The WPSU was transformed into the Women's Party which was focused on promoting women's equality. She continued to fight for this until she passed away on June 14, 2928; two weeks before voting rights were extended to young women 21 years and older.


Josephine Baker

Released in March, during Women's history month, The ELLE collection is inspired by strong women who impacted our society and made a change in our culture.
All over the world, women have been fighting for our rights and equality and sacrificed for generations to come.

Named after a few of these women, this collection is an ode to their strength.

We hope each piece will adorn you and make you feel beautiful throughout your day and to remind you about your strength and how you can influence big changes in your lives.

-Anne Harrill, head designer and owner of Océanne


Josephine Baker

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"I shall dance all my life. . . . I would like to die, breathless, spent, at the end of a dance."

Josephine Baker was a leading entertainer, Civil Rights activist and Resistance spy.
Born in St Louis in 1906, Baker left the states for her adopted home of Paris due to pervasive racism. She is probably most well-known for her popular Un Vent de Folie show in which she wore the iconic banana skirt. 

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Her widespread popularity not only led to a lifetime of success but she was also able to use her platform as a Civil Rights activist and World War 2 spy. While she was often invited to perform back in the States, she refused to perform in clubs for segregated audiences. After MLK Jr's death, Baker was even invited by his widow, Coretta Scott King, to be the new leader of the movement. She refused in order to stay close to her 12 (yes 12!) adopted children. 
For more information on this beautiful soul, check out the 1991 biopic The Josephine Baker Story starring Lynn Whitfield.

our new Josephine earrings on the right
We love how the end circles move and dance as you wear them!

Simone de Beauvoir

Released in March, during Women's history month, The ELLE collection is inspired by strong women who impacted our society and made a change in our culture.
All over the world, women have been fighting for our rights and equality and sacrificed for generations to come.

Named after a few of these women, this collection is an ode to their strength.

We hope each piece will adorn you and make you feel beautiful throughout your day and to remind you about your strength and how you can influence big changes in your lives.

-Anne Harrill, head designer and owner of Océanne


Simone de Beauvoir

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'What is a woman?'

Our next inspirational women may not be as well known as Frida but her impression upon our culture is just as important!
The quote above is taken from her well-known 1949 book The Second Sex. In the book, de Beauvoir, considered one of the foremothers of feminism, 
argues that women have been made to feel like the 'other' by men  as an excuse for men to not understand their identity. de Beauvoir also explores identity and sexuality through other works of fiction and non-fiction like The Mandarins and She Came to Stay.
Despite being such an influence on the modern feminist movement, de Beauvoir rejected the term until a 1972 interview. 
At the time of her death, noted feminist writer and thinker, Gloria Steinem is quoted to have said,''if any single human being can be credited with inspiring the current international woman's movement, it's Simone de Beauvoir.''


pictured above is the new Simone necklace

Women's History Month // Frida Kahlo

Released in March, during Women's history month, The ELLE collection is inspired by strong women who impacted our society and made a change in our culture.
All over the world, women have been fighting for our rights and equality and sacrificed for generations to come.

Named after a few of these women, this collection is an ode to their strength.

We hope each piece will adorn you and make you feel beautiful throughout your day and to remind you about your strength and how you can influence big changes in your lives.

-Anne Harrill, head designer and owner of Océanne


Frida Kahlo

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“I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to better.”

Frida Kahlo de Rivera was born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón on July 6, 1907. Inspired by popular Mexican culture, she used a lot of native folk styles in her portraits and self-portaits. I am really inspired by Frida's life because she made a huge impact with her art, addressing political issues in her country as well as more personal struggles such as pain, miscarriage, and her injuries.
She fought with her gifts and skills and unique story.


pictured above are our new Frida earrings.
These were the first design of the new collection and Frida was the obvious namesake. As I was preparing for my upcoming trip to Mexico, I was inspired by the diverse architecture and motifs and the earrings were born out of that.
They are bold and meant to stand out, like our muse Frida.

Happy Birthday, Pisces! ♓️

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Happy Birthday to all of the intuitive, empathetic, and compassionate Pisceans out there! Your colors are Sea Green, Mauve and Purple and with February's birthstone being amethyst, we put together a little purple-themed gift guide for you!

1  Soleil Earrings // $44
2 Zodiac Disc Necklace // $28
3 Open Rhinestone Necklace // $32
4 Silver Stardust  Cuff // $38
5 Amethyst Birthstone Necklace // $34 *available in store*
6 Constellation Cuff // $44
7 Tassel Earrings // $36
8 Amethyst Druzy Necklace // $58
9 Amethyst Cluster Earrings // $38 *available in store*
10 Geode Soap // $6 *available in store*
11 Limited Edition Fringe Necklace // $64

 

 

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Valentine's Day is next week but don't worry, we've got you covered! See below for 16 of our fave items for your special guy or gal!

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1. Petite CLE Tag //$38
2. CLE Love Necklace *available in gold or silver* // $30
3. I Effin' Love You Necklace // $34
4. Vinyl + Brass Beads Necklace // $38
5. 'Empowered Women Empower Women' Mug // $16
6. 'You're My Favorite' Bar Necklace // $44
7. 'Sweet Thang' Bar Necklace // $44
8. Herkimer Diamond Ring *available in store* // $64
9. Plated Heart Ring // $28
10. 'Love You to the Moon & Back' Necklace // $44-50
11. Burgundy Fringe Earrings // $36
12. Gift Card // any denomination
13. Rifle Paper Greeting Cards *available in store* // $5
14. Rhodonite Necklace // $40
15. Mama Bear Necklace *available in brass or silver* // $48-64
16. 'Soul Sisters' Adjustable Cuff // $35

Also, if you're looking for something more personal, we will be doing custom, on-site stamping Friday Feb 9th 5p-7p and Saturday Feb 10th 12p-4p.
6515 Detroit Rd Cleveland OH 44102