Handcrafted, unique and timeless. Established in 1997, these ideals have guided the Genie Soul line of jewelry by Tara Carignan. The name “Genie Soul” was derived from the Walker Percy novel, “The Moviegoer”, a favorite of Tara’s. Percy uses the term to describe the sensations he experienced from the sights, sounds and smells of Chicago and New Orleans. We love that it reminds us to pay attention to all that is around us everyday, and especially when travelling. Tara started making jewelry as an artistic outlet while battling a baffling illness that completely changed her life. She was forced to let go of the luxuries provided by a corporate job and embrace simpler, healthier life choices. One of which was giving back to the community. While doing volunteer work with HIV positive men and women she met Lou and Sally, two beautiful and uplifting souls that put her work in their art shows. Thus began this journey. As the business grew Tara studied for three years with a master jeweler in Atlanta to hone her skills. Inspiration for the line comes from music, literature, art and especially travel. That particular passion, along with scuba diving, gives Tara the mental space to create fresh and authentic designs instead of simply mimicking mainstream fashion. Trips to Vietnam, Cambodia and Africa have been life changing. The lifestyles, nature, smells, and scenic images of each place – the journey – is what inspires… that is the “genie-soul”. Our gift to you is the passion and detail that goes into each piece of jewelry. Artisan jewelry sadly seems to be a dying art and is so special to us because of the meticulous, handcrafted nature of each and every piece. Having sold mainly through boutiques and juried shows, we have now decided to branch out and spread our inspiration by launching an online presence. Tara’s work has been featured on television and in various magazines including Jezebel and Real Simple. She lives in Atlanta with her husband Robert and their Jack Russell Terriers: Kozmo, Zoe and Nomar.