Denver-based jeweler B.B. Becker designs and manufactures jewelry engraved with emotion-evoking quotations. He took his inspiration from Renaissance-era "poesy rings" to create pieces of mostly sterling silver inspirational jewelry. His first piece was crafted in September of 2000, a bracelet inscribed with the Serenity Prayer:
God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference.
Becker had made jewelry as a hobby for several years when he found himself at a personal and professional crossroads. An emotional trip to an ancient Mayan site (Palanque) opened a pathway for him to follow through his jewelry, and that first Serenity Prayer bracelet led to other meaningful quotations and new pieces of jewelry.
"I did some research and discovered that rings engraved with phrases of love and adoration were popular beginning in the 15th century. It seemed that style might work with a more contemporary feel," Becker said.
He started designing, ultimately developing a new, proprietary engraving process. He asked his wife to help by providing the calligraphy for each quotation. In addition to the Serenity Prayer there were styles featuring a Navajo Prayer and the Protection Prayer by James Dillet Freeman.