When my friend Ana Maria first told me about her new venture “Ring Cozy” I was intrigued. The concept of Ring Cozy is simple: a neoprene sleeve keeps your precious engagement ring safe when you’re being active. No more taking your ring off when you’re playing sports, doing chores or working with your hands. It’s such a simple concept but one that makes total sense.
I recently sat down with Ana Maria to find out more about how she got the idea for Ring Cozy and what keeps her inspired -
1) Tell us a little bit about your background. Why and how did you start Ring Cozy?
I’ve been coming up with invention-type ideas for as long as I can remember. Even before I was old enough to wear makeup I thought that all compacts should come with lights around the mirrors so you could powder your nose in the dark. I think that’s happened by now
With Ring Cozy, I had the idea after seeing that I was damaging my ring while working out. It was something that I could easily prototype on my home sewing machine and then figure out the rest. I also knew that I couldn’t be the only woman in the world worried about damaging her beloved ring! My guy paid good money for it and it means a lot to us symbolically … the least I could do was protect it.
2) Life before Ring Cozy?
We were living in London for my husband’s job and I was lucky enough to turn that move into an opportunity to explore my own interests outside of a 9 to 5. I took my passion for flea markets and started a web shop selling small vintage pieces that I bought at markets in Europe (that was too much fun). I simultaneously started dabbling in freelance photography and graphic design work which gave me many practical skills and tools for launching Ring Cozy.
3) Best/Worst part of your job?
Best: Meeting other women who share the same concerns about their rings while being active and hearing that Ring Cozy is their solution. I know that I’m not saving the world but in a small way Ring Cozy helps save something that is precious to someone.
Worst: The feeling of needing to be “on” at all times just because your work is on your laptop and your laptop is in your home.
2) Who/What inspires you?
People with a can-do attitude and determination to see the bright side of things. My parents definitely embody that and they inspire me to no end. Also, travel inspires me because it forces one to see and experience things differently. Even if it’s just a few hours drive from your hometown, there’s bound to be something that stands out and catches your attention.
3) Beyond Ring Cozy what fuels your soul?
Exploring. Exploring a new city, an antique store, a museum, a national park, you name it. There’s plenty out there to keep a curious mind going.
3) Favorite travel destination?
I’m going to cheat and do more than one:
The Coffee Triangle in Colombia for family and beautiful landscapes
Brugge, Belgium for Christmas in a Medieval town
New Orleans for the music and soul of the city
4) Describe your perfect day?
If it includes at least one long leisurely meal with good company then I am one happy girl. I guess that fuels my soul, too.