This picture makes me happy. Why? Because it exemplifies so much of what goes into my business, but its not about my jewelry. At first glance it may seem to be that way, but if you look closer you will see. 80% of the jewelry on the table is my summer collection, statement necklaces and bangles galore. But it is the other 20% I want you to pay attention to. These larger, macrame necklaces are a product of a collaboration I did with another Las Vegas artist, Veronica. And the beautiful photo, well, that was taken by my dear friend and frequent collaborator, Heather of Taylor Made Photo.
At this time of year, we are all looking for the perfect gift for those we love. In my mind, often there is no better option than to gift a well thought out crystal. For centuries, crystals have held a special place in may cultures, and even those who don't believe in the concept of healing crystals will appreciate them for their unique beauty and still benefit from their energies.
There are many different ways to gift crystals, from choosing larger display pieces to a little bag of your favorite tumbled rocks meant to be carried in a purse or pocket. You can gift from your own personal collection, passing on a stone with special meaning to you, or you can head out and select a brand new crystal from your local store. You can also find the perfect piece of jewelry containing the crystal you would like to gift, which ensures the recipient can wear it with her every day. Whatever your selection method, you will want to cleanse and set intentions for the new crystals using a smudging technique, moonlight, or one of many other crystal rituals. For more on this, stay tuned for the next blog post which will highlight different ways to work with your crystals.
Once you choose your crystal to gift, cleanse it and fill it full of all the energy you want to impart on the recipient, its time to decide how to share all your crystal knowledge. While gifting a crystal is a special, thoughtful process, every recipient will respond differently. I find, especially when gifting to an acquaintance, sometimes less is more. Writing in a card "this made me think of you" is often all you need. For those who you want to share more with, I suggest letting them know what you would like the crystal to bring into their lives. For example "I wanted you to have this rose quartz, it is a wonderful stone to bring love into your environment". Even those who don't buy into the metaphysical aspects of crystals have to admit the power of the mind is well documented. If you let them know the rose quartz is meant to bring love, that is what they will see and feel everytime they look on it. And for the crystal enthusiast who would love to know more about the properties, feel free to share with them your favorite crystal guide or book, mine is The Book of Stones, Who They Are and What They Teach.
Talking about my Holiday collection with my friends and family this year has been so exciting, I am excited to share it with all of you. The last collection of each year is always fun and over the top, what better time to create big and sparkly show pieces than Holiday? This year is no exception. But, instead of introducing you to the line through photos of the jewelry (which are coming, don't worry, Jamie Y Photography did an amazing job on Sunday's shoot), I wanted to share the story of how inspiration hit while I was on vacation this summer, and a little bit of how my design process works.
If you are more interested in just checking out the gems, please follow along on instagram as the collection will be unveiled there, and watch out for the Nov 9th launch party in Las Vegas, and Nov 10th website update.
For everyone else... read on!
I am thrilled to bring you a new feature on the blog, Client Convos. Ask anyone what my favorite part of my job is and they will tell you it is the custom designs I create for my loyal clients. The process of designing a unique piece with a specific individual in mind is so therapeutic and strengthens my skills as an artist. I have shared a few of those projects on the blog before, but I wanted to create a way to share a bit more. I messaged a few of my previous customers and asked if they would share a bit of their experience with custom orders, give you an idea of what you can expect when reaching out to me with a design in mind. The first story I want to share with you is from Shantel, a new client of mine who I had the pleasure of designing for in April. Below is her email to me, and honestly it made me tear up a little to read such kind words. I hope you enjoy, and if you would like to submit for future client convo features, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here it is Tuesday morning and I am still reeling from the crazy wonderful things that came together this past weekend. What started as an amazing opportunity to finally work with a photographer who I met online a year ago through the rising tide society, quickly turned into a productive, inspirational, healing, exciting and uniting weekend. Think that is an exaggeration? I promise you it is not.
Every collection I design is an extension of what thoughts are swirling through my head at the moment. Sometimes I am conscious of what is driving the design process at the moment, and sometimes it is the process of design that helps me work through what is in my subconscious trying to get out. The Dark and Smokey collection is a perfect example of the latter.
Recently, I was talking with one of my favorite photographers about why I work in copper jewelry, and it occurred to me that not everyone knows how cool this metal really is! So, for this week on the blog, I wanted to dedicate some love to my favorite material and hope you get a chance to appreciate what copper offers you a bit more (and if you are already a fan, I would love to know what draws you to copper in the comments below).
Owner/Designer for Desert Daisy Jewelry. Crystal Enthusiast, Wanderer, Gypsy Soul.