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Published: March 29, 2022 | Updated: March 29, 2022

Emily launches her range of bespoke jewellery to help calm your nerves and relieve anxiety

Emily Braz: “I can use my skills and life experience to help those who are in a similar situation to myself.”
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Launching your own business is never easy.

So imagine how it must be if you also struggle with multiple sclerosis, dyspraxia, dyslexia and the restless and impulsive traits of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Emily Braz is coping with the conditions by launching a range of bespoke jewellery to help others like her.

The 32-year-old is hand-making innovative ‘fidget rings’, designed to soothe those with anxiety and calm the restless traits common in ADHD.

Emily said: “A leg shaking, clicking your pen constantly – habits like this can be so distracting and exhausting.

“I know friends that have so much to offer in the workplace but are let down in interviews by this behaviour.

“A fidget ring is smooth to the touch and you can discreetly touch it to help calm yourself.”

A review on Emily’s website from a happy client confirms just how effective fidget rings are.

It says: “The ring helps me massively with concentration whereas before I’d end up disassembling things on my desk instead of looking at the computer.

“Would 100 per cent recommend a fidget ring.”

Emily, who lives in Bournemouth, recently launched her own website – tornadosandtrinkets.com – and is using her artistic talent to create individual commissions for customers.

From an early age, she showed a passion for creativity.

She said: “As far back as I can remember I have been creating 3D mixed media art.

“I destroyed many tables, table mats, chairs in the process – it’s been a chaotic journey for everyone involved!”

Emily struggled in school.

The description ‘she is bright but lazy’ came up numerous times.

At the age of ten, she was diagnosed with ADHD, dyspraxia and dyslexia.

The early diagnosis helped her get more support to cope with academia and she went on to study for a National Diploma in Art and Design at the Arts University of Bournemouth followed by a degree in Costume for Screen and Stage.

A life-changing diagnosis of multiple sclerosis at the age of 29 put paid to her dreams of launching her own fashion clothing label so Emily turned her attention to jewellery-making.

Supporting Emily on her journey has been Samee (Support and Mentoring Enabling Entrepreneurship).

The Bournemouth-based charity is committed to helping enable disabled people to start their own businesses.

Emily has been receiving mentoring support from its lead mentor Derek Hawley.

Derek, who is pictured with Emily and Bournemouth Mayor Cllr David Kelsey, said: “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Emily for nearly a year through our Supported Self Employment Programme.

“She continues to amaze and inspire me.

“Given her personal challenges, she always has a positive mind-set, looking at creative ideas to move her business forward.”

Emily said: “It has been a long journey but I am in a place now where I can use my skills and life experience to help those who are in a similar situation to myself.