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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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Art Can Carry Us in Hard Times

It’s hard for me to admit, but I am a news junkie, always have been. But within the current state of affairs, consuming the news takes on a whole new connotation, like being in the grip of high drama. There is so much devastation in the world – so much consternation and animus. I am overwhelmed by the scenes of destruction, loss and grief that flash across my screens every day. It imbues a sense of hopelessness. When I see this kind of sad ruination I have to ask myself is what I do for a living is worthwhile. Is jewelry, and its expression as an art form, really making a contribution to the betterment of our planet, our humanity,...

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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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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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