The Fingerprint of Love

ROHO is the Swahili word for
“soul”, and is defined as the spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or
animal regarded as immortal.

Described as the the distinct emotional energy and intensity revealed in a relationship
with someone with whom you share immense compatibility, the term “soulmate”
springs to mind.

Greek Mythology and Soulmates

In Greek Mythology, the concept of soulmates is rooted in the idea that that two individuals are two halves of the same whole, originally united but separated by the Greek god Zeus due to his jealousy and fear.  This separation led to the perpetual search for our “other half”. 

What is a Soulmate?

In the modern world, while people often see soulmates as a love story-perfect match, soulmates can transcend much more than romantic love.  Consider the following:

Best friends find it easy and fun to be in each other’s presence, support one
another’s life goals, and are there in time of difficulty to help out. 

Karmic soulmates come into your life to teach you something, or provide a need.  Each person in this soulmate connection will bring a particular skill to the table, but both share a united vision.

The romantic soulmate defined by, well…. romance and unconditional love.

Parent/child soulmate - unconditional mutual love and support, and on the part of the parent, selflessness.

A twin flame connection describes a relationship in which each person sees a part of themselves in the other. They share specific qualities, passions, or insecurities.

Pets - life-form makes no difference!  Pets are often a great deal more than just companions.

The holistic psychologist , Dr Nicole LePera, best sums it up as:

Your soulmate is whoever you put your energy into. It's whoever you learn to compromise with. It's whoever allows you to feel safe and accepted as you are.  It’s who reminds you that you’re greater than your circumstances.  Soulmates are the result of work.” 

St Valentine's Day

Originally a day for lovers, St Valentine’s Day has evolved to include the celebration of various precious relationships between soulmates – lovers, friends, husbands and wives, children, and even
teachers!  People express their love with cards, flowers, and gifts.

Over the years, we have marked weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and (of course) Valentine’s Day with gifts of gold or silver.  Why?  Well, because jewellery makes us feel connected to the ones we love, and evokes emotions of care and love towards them.

Jewellery is a also a physical reminder of our memories, transporting us back to moments with or soulmates that we want to cherish for a lifetime.  It also lasts much longer than one lifetime, so heirlooms of memories (and the stories that created them) can be passed down to future generations, creating lasting
connections and collective memories between generations. 


Fingerprints develop in the womb and, once fully developed, the pattern remains the same for life.  Just as all of us exhibit unique fingerprints, we all also display distinct “soul prints” – our words, attitudes, values, and behavious etch an indelible imprint on the mind and heart of those we love – our soulmates. 

ROHO has married the physical with the emotional
to create a heirloom that is a tangible reminder of the soul.  The gift of jewellery to, or from, a soulmate
is one of the most personal celebrations of love we experience – what more meaningful personal gift of love and commitment for a soulmate is there than your own fingerprint, or their fingerprint, in gold or silver?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Until next time,


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Why do we give gifts at Christmas?

So, why do we go gift-crazy during the holiday season? I mean, with the convenience of online shopping, who needs to battle through mall chaos? As the reigning Queen of Online Shopping and Time-Saving Extraordinaire, you'd think I'd steer clear of tinsel-draped shops blaring Christmas carols, right?

And, what am I thinking when I spend an inordinate amount of time frustrated by slippy, shiny paper that folds in lumps, tape that sticks to the scissors, and ribbons that aren’t that easy to tie as I do my darndest to wrap gifts so that they look elegant, magical, and exciting?  

With Christmas around the corner, I’ve been wondering what motivates the delight I find in gifting, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I go to so much effort because I’m not just wrapping objects as a matter of tradition… I’m wrapping my feelings with them.


The History of Gift Giving

 The tradition of exchanging gifts dates back to the dawn of human civilization, possibly even preceding it, as indications of gift-giving have been observed in our closest ancestral relatives. Scholars suggest that early humans engaged in the practice of presenting items such as uniquely shaped rocks or animal teeth to foster social bonds and express gratitude. As human societies evolved, so did the nature of gifts, transforming from simple tokens to more intricate and ornamental expressions of appreciation.


The History of Wrapping

The Japanese word for “wrap” is “tsutsumu”, written as a”. Originally it was a hieroglyph of a mother carefully holding her child still in her womb, a symbol for care, protection, safety, and motherly love. With such basic, deep concept, wrapping gifts has long been regarded as something sacred, equivalent to sharing a part of your life with someone else.


The Invisible Fingerprint of Love  - Captured by ROHO…

Enter the invisible fingerprint of love. With 8 billion people on this planet, your fingerprint is as unique as a snowflake. Just like the marks we leave on others' lives – those invisible fingerprints. Your dad cherishing ties he'll never wear, your husband sipping coffee from that wonky mug, and your mom still loving that cringe-worthy 90s song – these are the fingerprints of your soul.

It is impossible to make a memory or an emotion into a tangible object, but if you could, it would be your fingerprint – a palpable part of you that is as unique as the moments and sentiments you share with those you love… a token of your soul.


… although you may want to wrap it!


Yes, you’ll probably make a mess of it, but imagine your mother feeling what you would feel if you were gifted the fingerprint of your baby to wear around your neck, close to your heart.  It doesn’t matter how old you are, or how the gift is wrapped, you will always be your mother’s most precious baby, and she loves you and everything you do more than you will ever know.  She’ll shake her head in mock disbelief at the ghastly job you’ve done with the wrapping, but she’ll feel the love in each and every bumpy fold, and in the meaning of your touchable fingerprint as a reminder of the invisible fingerprints you’ve left in her life.

I’m going to sign off and call my mum – ‘just want to let her know I’m thinking of her.

Wishing you all a holly-jolly Christmas!

Until next year 😊,


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