About Me

My name is Aliyah, i am 21 years old and i live with my family in Westbury sub mendip, Somerset.
Humblebee jewellery was formed from me not being able to work in a main stream job, i am not overly employable due to the fact that i suffer with mental illness. My formal diagnosis is BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) not to be confused with Multiple Personality Disorder, i have severe Anxiety, PTSD and elements of Avoidant Personality Disorder but other than that i’m totally fine.
I have struggled since the age of 12 with mental illness and at times i didn’t think i would make it to see my 18th Birthday. The only things that i have managed to keep consistent is my creativity and my longing to manage my mental illness for a better future. I have always been creative and have enjoyed Art A level but due to unmanageable bouts of Mental illness many things have been left in the dust of Mental illness devastation.
I was given a chance to help a silversmith in her quiet studio earlier this year with packaging, logging orders and then making some of the more simple jewellery. It was something that i realised i was naturally good at and it gave me a focus other than my Mental illness. Sadly the silversmith that i was helping moved her studio and i was faced with the choice to continue my learning elsewhere or not do it anymore.
With the huge support of my family and against my now playing up anxiety and massive self doubt, i have decided to give this new venture a go.
The name of HumbleBee Jewellery came about after a brainstorming session (whilst stressing out that i couldn’t think of a name) when i looked up the symbolism of a Bumblebee. The bee symbolises “Community, brightness and personal power. Follow the bee to discover your new destination” It instantly resonated with me, particularly the ‘discover your new destination’ as i really hope that this small business of mine will lead me out of Mental illness and in to something far brighter.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story and i hope you stick around and follow my journey.
Yours nervously,