R.I.P. Vaughn Benjamin
The Origin of Akashic Jewelry
The Story of OM
I was introduced to the value of gemstones at the impressionable age of 17 years, by a mysterious man of East Indian descent that came out of my life just as quickly and wondrously as he had entered. I only knew him by the name in which he called himself, OM, true story.
One day my brother Reg and I, while walking on Broad street toward Erie avenue (Philadelphia), we noticed a very unusual boutique. Although we had frequently walked up and down that street, hundreds of times, for some odd reason we never noticed it.
Excited about the hookah pipes in the window, we imagined all the many possibilities and went inside to inquire. While exiting the boutique OM approached me specifically and requested that I come to work with him at the store. He later gave me a vending license and invited me to trade and sell anything in the boutique at any location of the city where the license was valid. What an offer! Barely of legal age and being granted all the tools and necessary resources to be a complete entrepreneur, and so it was; that summer I ate home-cooked Indian cuisine and learned to meditate daily after a full day of absorbing sunlight, along with a newfound purpose and leadership skills. OM had become consistent in his efforts to treat me like I was his son, as he would grant me several gifts on a daily basis, from musical instruments to what later paved the way for an entire cultural phenomenon, an entire handbag filled with expensive gemstones. At the time all I could see was a bag full of colorful rocks. I recall wondering to myself, why is he giving me these. Toward the end of that summer, a fire burned down the entire block, destroying every store including OM's boutique. My relationship with OM slowly dissipated after that, due to circumstances that at the time I was unable to fully comprehend. I later began to share the gifts that Om had given me with other people in my community. I figured the gemstones could make nice jewelry even though at the time I didn't even know they had a lot of value otherwise...
...and so it was, the legacy of Akashic Jewelry was born, setting into motion an entire movement that continues to inspire and employ GENERATIONS worldwide.