This week, we find ourselves inspired by Doriana Richman, founder of Stone Symbol Jewelry.
Doriana actually began her professional life in the fast lane, literally and figuratively. She spent 15 years working as a professional stunt driver. Cool right! Doriana and her husband, Roger Richman, own L.A. Motorsports, and their company has done stunt work for films like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, 007’s Spectre, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Furious 7.
Recently, Doriana decided to switch gears, career wise. Inspired by a trip to Greece, she realized that jewelry design was her new calling. While visiting Ephesus, an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia, Doriana came across an ancient secret symbol, that was revealed to be a code to those seeking refuge from religious persecution. The symbol’s purpose was to indicate to the knowing observer that he or she had come upon a safe harbor where like minded believers could be found. It was carved into the walls and walkways of the ancient city’s street, the first symbol of Christianity, Unity, and a Spiritual Birth of Humanity. Even now, thousands of years of later, the symbol is still visible. It was this symbol of acceptance and protection that led Doriana to share this message of unity with the world, through Stone Symbol Jewelry.
Now a trained jewelry designer, Doriana personally designs each piece in the Stone Symbol collection. Combining the deep meaning of that ancient symbol, with shining gold, rose-gold and sterling silver, Dorina creates beautiful, timeless pieces with a traditional, antiqued quality. The pieces are beautiful and as unique as every person who wears them. It’s a little piece of history that anyone can have for themselves.
With her unique combination of ambition and spirituality, we find Doriana Richman incredibly inspirational!
How did you get involved with the work you currently do?
This jewelry line is the result of a trip I took over 11 years ago to the excavated city of Ephesus. It was there that I was exposed to a Spiritual Symbol that had been carved into the stone walkways over 2000 years ago. After doing research on the origins of this symbol, I felt compelled to offer it, as the basis of a jewelry line, to the world.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a child, growing up in Vancouver, British Columbia, I had two great loves, Fashion and Automobiles. When I relocated to Los Angeles, I was fortunate to be employed in Automotive Advertising as an on-camera performance/stunt driver. This career has enabled me to pursue my other passion by creating Stone Symbol Jewelry. Stone Symbol allows me to offer pieces that are artistically crafted, but also have a connection to our spiritual past.
What are the biggest challenges/setbacks you’ve had to face?
Making sure of every aspect of every piece meets my demanding standards. I’m afraid I’m a bit of perfectionist.
What piece of advice would you give to someone trying to do what you do, or trying to follow their own dreams?
Learn that there is never only one way to accomplish a task.
Also, I believe that of all the attributes a person can possess, persistence is probably the most valuable for getting a job done.
Who (person or organization) inspires you?
My inspirations come from the written word of the bible and some of the modern era spiritual guru’s, such as Gandhi. I believe this experience has given me huge spiritual growth and has allowed me to help causes that are near and dear to my heart.
If you could pick one charitable organization to ask our readers to donate to or volunteer with, which would it be?