The Past – My extensive travels around the world as a backpacker, a sailboat captain, and a dive instructor put me in contact with the wind, the water, and the earth.
For nearly a decade and a half I traversed Central America, Australia and New Zealand, Africa, India, The Middle East, Asia, The Mediterranean, and Caribbean Islands. I felt a sense of peace and happiness and a close connection to nature. It could be described as inner peace. There is an inexplicable energy and balance that comes from living close to the earth. I once read a book on a beach in Zanzibar and a line in the book has always stood out like a mantra, “Breathe, relax, touch the earth, do nothing extra.”
The Present – Fast forward 10 years after I decided to settle down and live life like most people do. One winter I found that stress had crept around and enveloped me in it’s evil clutches. I no longer felt that intimate connection to the earth that I once had. I rarely felt the sand between my toes or the water surrounding me as I experienced colorful reefs and communed with the fish. Only passing flashes on vacations and dive trips gave me windows back into my old life.
The Goal – I needed to get my balance back in my everyday life. Yet I was so out of touch I didn’t even realize it. It wasn’t about running away and traveling, it was about connecting into the life force energies that abound all around us.
The Dream – One night I had a vivid dream that I was on an urban treasure hunt and I had to find strands of gemstone beads. The colors, shapes and strands were so vivid. The next day I couldn’t get the colors and stone types out of my head.
The Energy – I knew I was looking for Red Garnet, Watermelon Tourmaline, Peridot, and Green Agate. I found them online and purchased them all. And I promptly squirreled them away in a box for another 8 months. I didn’t know what to do with them. Finally, at the height of winter I was so totally out of balance and decided it was time to make a necklace. So I pulled the stones out, got wire and clasps and began to create a necklace. Working with the beads made me happier, wearing them made me feel better. And I felt a creative wave wash over me that I had not felt in years.
Finding the Meaning – First I created the necklaces. Then I began to look up the meaning of various stones once they were placed into a necklace. I couldn’t believe how well they went together energetically. And even more amazing was how energized I felt as I “read” each necklace. There is power in earth elements and each of these stones was natural and connected to the earth. I felt like there was a higher level of “self” I was tapping into to make these necklaces. And in fact I know there is given my history and connectedness with “things.” As I started to create, and post pictures more people asked if I was going to sell them.
The Now – As I began to realize how good working with these stones made me feel, I knew it was something I wanted to share. I wanted to be able to make energetic jewelry for other people who need something in their life to help balance out the pressing energies in their lives.
The Unique – Everyone is different. Each necklace has a different effect. It is both beautiful, and functional. The natural gemstones have weight and purpose. Each and every necklace is almost like a reading. I feel compelled to put them together, and as I read the stones afterward, I see their purpose. And I know they will each find their way to the right owner for the right reasons.
The Beauty – And if you don’t believe? It doesn’t really matter. Nothing takes away from the beauty that makes up each custom strand of jewelry. You don’t need to be a believer to own one, all you need to be is an admirer of beautiful unique things.
The Future – The energetic vibe I get from creating this jewelry has led me on a path to create this website in order to share some of the joy I get from the energy of the gemstones. I personally can only wear so many necklaces!
The Oils – A friend of mine saw the jewelry and thought it would be perfect to combine with therapeutic-grade Essential Oils. And then she got me hooked on the oils! I’ve created a line of necklaces that easily combine with diffuser pendants in order to amplify the power of the gemstones with the healthy properties of the oils. It naturally goes with so many of the other interesting “things” in my life.