We want to know you + enter to win a $50 gift card!

Today is Get to Know Your Customers Day, and we wanna do just that! I'm not sure if we've made it clear by now, but you peeps are the freakin' best! I'm always happy to chat it up if you have a simple question (or drop by with a virtual hi!), but I reeeeally love corresponding about custom pieces because it affords me the privilege to be a part of your unique story - to see and hear what you generously choose to share with me. Candids of your inner circle. Your excitement about an upcoming wedding. Your grief for the loss of a loved one. Silly photos of the best pet in the whole wide world.
We welcome, nay encourage, this kind of intimate sharing between maker and patron - an authentic human connection across the globe, even if it is over the internet. Be assured, we are present in our responses to you. We want to know about your journey and the person in the picture who was an important part of it. Or hey, if that's not your thing and you just want to drop a photo and some cute emojis in a message to us, that's your business (has anyone else watched Tabitha Brown - that's muh girl!) We happily accept as much or as little participation in this getting-to-know-ya thing that you want to put out into the Universe.
With that being said, Lauren and I thought it would be really cool if we shared some things about ourselves that you may or may not know, and vice versa. We would love for you to leave a comment below telling us one thing about yourself so that we can become better acquainted with you as a patron, person and part of a beautiful collective. It doesn't have to be super private or juicy (unless that's your jam - no judgement!), and there's actually a bonus incentive involved. Each entry will go into a drawing for $50 gift card to use in our shop before 2021, with a winning name to be picked on August 1st!
As promised, here are three things you didn't even know you've been dying to know about us! Can't wait to read yours, friends!
  • I spent a decade working with at-risk youth and homeless veterans as a case manager before joining the Yugen jewelry team.
  • A longtime favorite saying of mine is the Latin phrase "Quod me nutrit, me destruit", which translates to "What nourishes me, also destroys me."
  • I tend to be as authentic, open and receptive as possible in social situations because I'm an introverted-extrovert empath (say that a few times fast), so I frequently require recovery time to recharge my batteries after such occasions.
  • I have a green thumb and am obsessed with plants - indoor ones, outdoor ones, flowering ones, fruiting ones...and the obsession of collecting and learning about them has grown even more rampant since being quarantined! (I would apologize to my husband, but I'm just not sorry.)
  • I am bisexual - I publicly came out in 2019, though I've known since high school. Taking up space in the LGBTQ+ community is something I'm working on, so, here I am - taking up some damn space.
  • I have a bachelor's degree in fine art photography and my favorite photo medium is Polaroid (may it RIP.) I have several cameras that take different formats of Polaroid film, and a daylab where I can project slides onto peel-apart Polaroid film and do manipulations. I still shoot them to this day, but VERY sparingly since Polaroid film doesn't exist, and the alternatives simply do not hold a candle to the old stuff (don't @ me I've tried it.)
Now YOU :)


  • Yugen Tribe

    Congratulations to Chrissy S! You’ve won our gift certificate. We will be reaching out to you personally. Thank you for participating everyone, we loved learning more about you <3

  • Chrissy S

    Thanks for sharing, of course I love your jewelry, but I especially love knowing there’s real people who put their heart into each piece.

    One thing few people know is that I had a love of music before I found my love for art. I sang, played guitar and piano. Loved writing my own songs. I now spend most of my time dreaming of painting, but still hum ALL THE TIME, and make up my own songs (but no longer write or record them for future use). I think life is full of seasons and maybe someday I will circle back to music in some way.

  • Jenny Z

    Lauren, I have followed you since Jersey Girls (I still have one of your Polaroid necklaces!), and have loved watching your progresses and successes! 💗

    I have a soon-to-be first grader daughter whose goal is to be the meteorologist that tells NASA whether or not they can launch. I think it’s such an awesome and fantastic dream!

  • Paula

    Here I go… 1. I’ve learned to embrace and love that I’m a “jack of all trades, master of none”. I love to learn new things, learning enough to do something safely and somewhat well but then I’m done and ready to try something else. I can call upon my skills or knowledge when needed, and know enough to refer to experts when needed too. I’m fascinated by this amazing world around me and love to learn all about it.

    I’m introvert with some extrovert needs. I need to work with people but need plenty of family and recharging time at home. Being emphatic, I’m learning to identify when I’m absorbing someone else’s stress and anxiety and how to best let it go. This has been been so important for my health because the entire world has so much anxiety during this pandemic.

    I’m a preschool teacher/administrator that loves hard rock. I don’t know why people that know me are so surprised by my musical choices. Do they really think I listen to children’s music all day? Godsmack, Disturbed, Seether… are great ways to release other people’s energies that I tend to carry.

  • Billie

    I’m such a big fan of all the beautiful pieces you create – and I always end up coming back for more :) I’m a registered yoga teacher, levels 1 & 2 certified Reiki healer and I’m very in tune to the energies around me. I cherish holding space for others and giving others the tools to heal is my passion. I’m experiencing what I’ve heard some call a “pandemic pregnancy”, but we’re not considering this gal a quarantine baby. (We’re sure that she was making her plans before COVID made its entrance.) My husband and I are extremely excited to welcome her in the fall, and I’ll be eager to purchase my first baby-centered piece of yugen goodness then! Stay strong, friends – we’re all just figuring this out together.

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