This Famous Explorer Published Stories About "Unusual" Global Adventures

Who: Isabella Bird, an explorer, traveler, and the first woman inducted into the Royal Geographical Society; October 15, 1831–October 7, 1904

Why She Dazzles: If you think your passport is full, then check out Isabella's. Born in England, she traveled abroad to Canada, Hawaii, China, Japan, India, and the Middle East, to name a few places. For the record, she often traveled alone—and this was during the 19th century.

Why You Need to Know Her Today: She went outside of her comfort zone to explore new cultures and destinations. Not only did she travel alone to remote areas of the world, but she also took photos and wrote of her adventures—including one that involved a one-eyed outlaw in the Rocky Mountains.

What She Would Say Today—Because She Said It Then: “I have just dropped into the very place I have been seeking, but in everything it exceeds all my dreams.”

What the Ladies Rocked Then: Women wore demure Victorian drop earrings with diamonds and other popular gemstones of the time like lapis, amber, carnelian, malachite, seed pearls, and turquoise. Isabella traveled throughout the world, and China was one of the places that inspired her most. The Qing dynasty was the last imperial dynasty in China, which produced breathtaking jewelry with silver, stunning gems, and magnificent carvings.

How You Can Rock It Now: Lapis lazuli is one of the most powerful stones in the world. Commonly known as lapis, it boosts truth and enlightenment within oneself and provides inner peace. Lapis provides protection, encourages creativity, and inspires positivity and so much more goodness that, basically, we should always wear lapis to rock the world.

Where She May Like to Instagram: The Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai, a city positioned as a gateway to China on the Yangtze River Delta. An oasis in the middle of a bustling city, the garden features glittering pools, dazzling pagodas, elaborate carvings and sculptures, and impressive architecture. Isabella captured stunning pictures of daily life in Asia, many of which appeared in her book A Photographic Journal of Travels Through China 1894-1896, from her epic journey along the Yangtze River and beyond.

Shop the Sparkle: Solo at Sunset

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Isabella Bird: Beautiful. Bold. Brilliant.