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Finding Balance Through Jewelry

Tiverton's Sara Yo Jewelry combines stylish designs with positive energy

The Bay Magazine ·

Handcrafted jewelry is always something to admire, particularly when it’s made from natural materials. With her Sara Yo Jewelry line, Dr. Hannah Hershoff combines the beauty of natural stones with the teachings of Tao philosophy, creating beautiful pieces that spread good energy.

Prior to starting her jewelry line, Hannah spent most of her life practicing as an eye doctor and doing medical research. After about 25 years of working with pharmaceuticals, she began to question the effects of medicine and started switching her interests, though jewelry wasn’t her immediate choice. “I really never thought I would [be in the] jewelry business at all,” says Hannah.

She was inspired to start creating jewelry after a phone call with her cousin, who discovered that kaolin, a mineral located close to Hannah‘s hometown in southeastern China, would make for gorgeous jewelry. Hannah immediately created a few pieces, but didn’t realize the effects of the stone until her sister-in-law wore them and said they had a positive effect on her life.

More than two years and much research later, Hannah has created hundreds of pieces that have helped customers change their lives. She crafts the entire line from a studio in her Tiverton home and the collection offers pieces with different shapes. Each shape conveys a different energy and message. For example, the heart shape provides motivation, while the cashew shape helps with self-discipline. To help customers select the pieces that will benefit them the most, Hannah also created a free energy quiz that will tell them how to settle imbalances in their energy.

Though shifting her entire career has brought huge changes to her life, Hannah is really excited about her business. “I’m really happy, because I have a purpose,” she says. She is especially delighted to see how the pieces have transformed other people’s lives.


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