“SRAJD Blues” Treasury

A SRAJD (Self Representing Artists in Jewelry Design) Etsy Shops Collection

Curated by The Passionate Pearl.

I put this together when the winter blues were really getting to me.

We’ve had a rough, long and cold winter here in Maine

and snow is still on the ground trying to melt!

I love blue, it’s one of my favorite colors.

Enjoy!

SRAJD Blues

The Story Behind My Blessings Necklace

This Necklace – one of my latest designs – looks like something insignificant but it’s not, and it took a long time to put together. I had this Design on the back of my mind for a good while before I actually put the necklace together which happens a lot in my business.

IMG_0331The first thing is that I wanted the necklace to have a blessing. I thought of the high priests in the Biblical Old Testament who wore on the breastplate of their garment 12 stones representing the 12 tribes of Israel. I research this issue.  There has been a lot of analysis on this topic and different people say different things about colors and content of these gemstones. I just didn’t want to deceive my customers.

I tried making this necklace with 12 stones after having decided from the information I gathered what the colors might be and it just didn’t look right, it was too many stones for the design. What was I to do with this dilemma? I love the number 7 as it is the number of perfection in Biblical terms. I have studied Bible Symbolism and Biblical Dreams and really wanted people to be able to wear something that has a lot of significance.

So I picked these beautiful simple and significant Semi Precious Gemstones and this is the final result after changing quite a few colors to make this a happy and go with everything necklace to would bring a lot of blessings to the person wearing it.

The Stone Necklace is s full of Biblical Symbolism with 7 Color Semi Precious Stones. Number 7 being the number of Perfection.
* Pink – Love, Wisdom (Cherry Quartz)
* Purple – Royalty and Intercession (Amethyst)
* Red – Wisdom, Anointing (Red Jasper)
* Blue – Revelation, Communion (Blue Jade)
* Green – Growth, Prosperity (Green Aventurine)
* Orange – Perseverance (Orange Chalcedony)
* White – Holiness, Purity (Mother of Pearl)

Throughout history, in every civilization, gemstones have been highly prized and sought after. The Bible makes numerous references to jewels and precious stones. To name a few passages, In Exodus 28:21 the Lord ordains precious stones to be used in the making of the breastplate of the High Priests’ garments. Zechariah 9:16 says that the Lord’s people will be like jewels in a crown. In Revelation 21:19-20, John names twelve stones that adorn the foundation of the New Jerusalem.

Update on Etsy the venue where I sell my jewelry – About a year ago Etsy decided to add wholesale shops and it seems like this had drowned the handmade arts and crafts original idea they started with. Jewelry is a very saturated business everywhere but specially Etsy. I started almost 5 years ago and have learned so much. I have had months even this year where I did remarkably well and I was getting all excited. Everyone on Etsy has been complaining about loss of sales, whether it’s because of the general economy or just an Etsy issue, nobody is really too sure. I try to keep my prices very fair as I work alone and do everything from A-Z. I see P1110096Freshwater Pearl,Sterling Silver or Gold Filled Jewelry on Etsy that is made in China mostly and sells for under $20.00!I couldn’t even buy the supplies for that price most of the time. This kind of issue makes my business really difficult and discouraging. Many people will buy a product like that but it might be silver plated or gold plated and will not last because it’s made in mass production.

I turned 65 this year and am dealing with physical issues that some days like today make it really hard to do anything. Today is computer day, I have no energy to make any stock to prepare for the holidays. I have a form of Fibromyalgia, tiredness and sleeplessness is one of the major symptoms. This is one of the reasons I do not keep up with this website.

I wish you all a wonderful fall (for those living on this part of the planet). Here in Maine it has been the most beautiful fall I have ever seen since I moved to the USA from France in 1975.

 

Leaning into the Fall Season

I was busy this summer and into the fall with some new Jewelry Designs and minor health problems at the same time. It is always a challenge to keep going some days. I turned 65 in June and I feel that my body is not keeping up with the program. So I am sorry for not having written more the past few months. I went to Europe where I am from, to visit my family and came home really exhausted and it took me months to recuperate.

In Maine where I live we have had an amazing summer with the most beautiful weather.

I  have gone through a real creative phase recently which I love. Here are some of my new designs. Please go to my store for more details on these listings.
http://www.thepassionatepearl.etsy.com

A Little Break for David and Jeanne

P1090209I am sorry for the inconvenience but I have worked really hard these past months with some added physical pain, it hasn’t been easy and I need a vacation. My husband and I are going to France and Italy to visit family and enjoy yummy food. We used to live in Rome in the early 70’s and have always talked about going back there for a visit. We are really looking forward to our trip. We haven’t had a pleasure trip in many years. We haven’t brushed up on our Italian either, just will have to wing it!  French is my native language so being in France should be easy but I still struggle to find some words after having lived in the US for almost 40 years. The times we have traveled far and wide (as far as China and New Zealand) have been ministry trips and not exactly very relaxing. So it’s time to relax and enjoy something different and we are so looking forward to getting away after a long winter.

I will not be in my studio from May 19 to June 4 and would appreciate if you could place your orders before that time. Anything placed after 10153126_636339803088637_6181985967638881531_n - Version 2May 16 will be shipped after June 4. If you have a special order in mind, please make sure to place it before May 16. Thanks so much. There are still 22 days to get your orders on the way.

I will keep you posted on what happens on our trip if I am able to publish a new post from my smart phone, otherwise it will have to wait till we get back.

Hope you are enjoying the warmer weather, I know I am…it’s been a real tough winter here in Maine. We do not have a buttercups yet, but looking forward to them…instead of snow, we will get a yellow field full of these flowers and fireflies at night. That’s the reward for living through such a hard, cold  and long winter.

 

 

 

Being French in the USA

My family has remained in France as long as I have lived here in the US. I’ve had occasional visits from 3 siblings and even once my mom when she was alive but no one decided to move here to be near me. They love France and are happy to be there. The French think France is the best and anyone leaving is breaking the cord so to speak! I have been in the US since 1975 and got married here and had 3 children and 1 grandchild.

My remaining 6 siblings are all living in France right now and thanks to the internet communication is a lot easier these days. Recently this year we lost my youngest brother in a sudden car crash in England – it wasn’t his fault! That event put real fear in my whole family. A lot more bonding has taken place between all of us because of this unfortunate and sudden death. We are trying so much more to stay in touch! I have an iPhone and so do a few of my siblings and my brother told me about this App which costs 99 cents and you can text anywhere around the world for nothing! How cool is that!

On the phone with my oldest brother, we were able to talk about his passions in life and I discovered he really loved riding his bicycle. I got myself a new bike and have been really enjoying riding it around here in Maine where I live. It’s beautiful here and I am blessed. I have done over 200 miles since that day and am planning to do a lot more when I feel better. I am sick right now with the flu and feeling really yucky….fever and all…and here I am writing a blog!

The holidays to this day are the most difficult times of the year for me. Traditions here are all different from where I grew up! For example birthdays are simple in my family and they are a family event…no parties with 40 people etc. I still to this day like small gatherings, not huge celebrations. We had 25 people at our wedding in Carmel CA!

On Christmas Eve we would gather in the living room around the tree with real lit candles clipped to it and we would sing all together christmas carols. That was a very spiritual time for me even though I wasn’t really into church or any religion. Maybe that was the only time I felt connected to God as a child…it certainly wasn’t in the catholic church in France which felt to me like a tomb! That night we would leave our shoes in my parents bedroom (how convenient!) and when we opened up their door on Christmas Morning they could stay in bed and rejoice with us as we opened our gifts. It was a simple but yet a very bonding time. It felt real and profound at the same time. Here in the US I feel I am just celebrating a commercial holiday and all my children were born in the US so they caught the culture and it’s nothing to me like what I experienced as a child or teenager.

After living in the US for now 37 years I still have a french accent and most people think I am german! I only know a handful of German words! When I go to France They speak to me in English when I go buy a magazine or something… It’s frustrating because I feel like I do not belong anywhere. It can become quite unsettling! In the natural realm it feels like I don’t belong anywhere…..

You might say…move on lady, let go, enjoy what you have now! Yes I try to do this but there is always nostalgia inside my heart, a hole that no one trying with all their might can fill! I have grown closer to God since I have lived here in the US. I know him as a personal God who loves me unconditionally and wants to hang out with me. He thinks I am the best thing since sliced bread even with all my bumps and bruises.

It’s a great relief to know you don’t have to be perfect to be accepted – something I learned here!

Its great to know you can just be and not have to act up anything in order to fit in!

I have learned that I do not fit anywhere except in my Father’s arms. My earthly dad passed away many moons ago but my heavenly Dad is here for me every day.

You might say – so what! what difference does that make when you are lonely? A lot of difference is the answer……. I am never alone again!

Below you can see me and some of my siblings holding hands. We had a real family! I miss them!

Hope this little bit will help someone get through a tough time. It helps me when I write. Today everyone is at my granddaughter’s soccer game and I am sick and writing this article….

There is always more to life to discover and I can’t wait to open the next Gift God has for me……