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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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Contrast & Capture

I couldn’t take my eyes off these gems. Honestly, where had they been all my life? There was so much to these Australian dendritic opals: they’re visually tactile with lovely neutral tones and tiny little wintery scenes. Their organic beauty immediately captured my interest at the Gem Show. Perhaps the most compelling element of the opals is the contrast: the contrast of translucent and opaque, black and white, and fine detail against stark white background. They seem to say, “Hey, look at me! I’m interesting, complex and I’m beautiful!” As you may have guessed, I am a huge fan of contrast in all things: people, flavors, flowers, colors, nature, photography, textures. Contrast makes things interesting.. It is the thing that...

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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 that I feel most accurately captures the essence of hygge. How many times have you been...

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