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The Goddess of Bad-Assery

A spiritual mentor we'd like to celebrate in honor of Earth Day and Mother's Day is the Indian Goddess Durga is a force for our time! In Sanskrit (the oldest known language), Durga means "a fort" or "a place that is difficult to overrun," an apt metaphor for this deity's protective superpowers that eliminate suffering.  Durga is considered the protective mother of the universe by the Hindu. She is one of the faith's most revered deities, a protector of all that is good and harmonious in the world. Sitting astride a lion or tiger, the multi-limbed Durga battles the forces of evil in the world. We commemorate her here in our delicate sterling or bronze necklace that features a lovely primitive Durga relic from India. Durga's Appearance...

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Authenticity with heART

They're here - the new prototypes have arrived!   I’m often asked why I have made the decision to change directions with my business, and the most truthful answer is authenticity. When I first began designing jewelry, I made the jewelry that was in my heart. It was full of inspiration and creative influences I experienced in my life. As interest and business grew, it was clear that I was going to have to make some compromises in my artistry and aesthetic to accommodate my wholesale business model. This was a pivotal point in the evolution of my business, because this is when joy (and artistic freedom) walked out the door. I let it happen believing that the income from...

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Didn't Stick the Landing ... This Time

                                 “Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world.” Brene Brown, quoted from the podcast Magic Lessons, Season 1, Episode 12 Brene Brown happened to utter this line within the first few minutes of the podcast and I was hooked. I was equally stunned and captivated by the rest of the conversation between Brown and the podcast host, Elizabeth Gilbert (the author of BIg Magic and Eat, Pray, Love). The overriding theme was that of vulnerability and courage and what really hit home was when Gilbert and Brown started talking about inspiration and failure. Both women have had their share of personal...

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Be Kind and Pass the Hygge Please

At Relica we love a good story and the meaning behind what people value--so we enjoy occasionally sharing these interesting anomalies (and commonalities) that make us all human. This Thanksgiving, pass on Uncle Morty in the lampshade and indulge in the hygge! In college I majored in International Relations. By far, my favorite class was Cultural Anthropology, where we immersed ourselves in and studied cultural traditions and idiosyncrasies from around the world.  The tradition and value that stayed with me the most was a Danish tradition called Hygge (pronounced "hooga" -- imagine how the Swedish Chef on the Muppets would say it). Below is an excerpt I borrowed from thedanishway.com that I feel most accurately captures the essence of hygge. How many times have you been...

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Wabi Sabi

  The Japanese have many words for interesting concepts--one of my favorites is Wabi Sabi. It is an appreciation for the imperfect, the subtle, the humble. And it is seeing the profound beauty that time bestows on all earthly things; a reverence for the cycle of life. In her book about this very concept, Robyn Griggs Lawrence outlines the meaning of both words; wabi is harmony, peace, balance and tranquility--sabi refers to "the bloom of time" or the dignity and grace that accompany the natural progression of aging. I have long been fascinated by this subject of imperfection--both in design and in humanity. Think about it; isn't it really our idiosyncrasies, flaws and vulnerabilities that attracts us to one another? It's what makes us unique, interesting and...

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