Hi, I'm May (right), the founder of Tessellate.Co.
This is a story about myself and my travels. Like all travel stories (or not), I picked up my backpack at the age of 18, knowing nothing except for the fact that I needed to get away from the city life I had spent 18 years living. To be honest, it was nice to be living in comfort, to be in reach of everything and to know that I was in a safe environment, but something out there always captivated me. The world was so huge, with boundless possibilities I didn't know about. That idea sparked a fire in me- a fire that only grew stronger and stronger, it put thoughts into my head. I felt trapped in a place people would call home, so I left. It took me months to convince my parents that I was serious about leaving, but I eventually did, and I never turned back. Leaving home alone for the first time to Thailand, the land of smiles, to meet and travel with two travellers I've met online left me thrilled but feeling scared at the same time. I didn't know what was in store for me. Four months through 5 countries (Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam) later, I felt years older with the knowledge I acquired outside school and gained some of the most precious friendships I've ever had. I had caught the travel bug, unknowingly.
Later, I enrolled for university, and spent a year studying abroad, but the idea of travelling was always in my mind. There was something special about it- meeting new people and exploring new places- but above all that, I found myself. It wasn't long before I started to plan trips for summer break. When the time came, I left straight for Nepal and India, feeling the same excitement I had felt when I first left home. It turned out to be an entirely different trip. It learnt a lot about culture and religion, but beyond that, the trip taught me values that I now hold on to dearly.
Long story short, I decided to stop University, to work on my new found passion for jewellery, which is why I'm back in Singapore. I founded Tessellate. Co, an online jewellery site featuring tons of handmade/ handpicked jewellery from my travels. If you notice, a lot of my designs involve semiprecious gemstones, which have various healing properties. I first came into contact with stones in Manali, a hill station nestled in the mountains of the Indian Hichimal Pradesh state, when I became friends with a jewellery shop keeper. Bit by bit I learnt about the properties of crystals and stones, and they never failed to fascinate me. It was like an entirely different study, a study about the world and the universe, unlike typical school subjects. It was exciting to find out the nitty gritty details about stones - from where they are found, to the different qualities of a stone and the properties they own.
When I left Manali, I found myself carrying different stones that I fell in love with, despite not knowing what I'd do with them. I just knew that I had to get them. It was in Bhagsu, another quiet little village located in Daramshala, India, where I had the chance to take up jewellery classes and learn about such craftsmanship. There and then my passion for jewellery grew, and a few months later, Tessellate. Co, was founded. I sincerely want this to be a successful concept so I can continue doing what I love (travelling and adding to the growing collection of jewellery), without worrying about funds. It's actually one of the only things I've been so serious about (I quote my best friend) and I honestly hope that I will be able to keep this fire in me for as long as I'm alive. It can get tough, for sure, but this is only the start. I'm giving myself a little more time, and a little more faith that everything will work out.
So a big thank you to you, for reading my story, and to those that showed support in one way or another. It all means a lot to me. I hope that you will be inspired to chase dreams of your own, to live the life you want.
Signing off with love,
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