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.

 

Going with the Flow

P1030718Always wondering why an artist is inspired one day and not the other. I have days when I could just create one thing after the other and it keeps coming. I often have to stop everything I am doing to go with the flow and let my imagination, creativity flow because it’s time. I am compulsive and very often 100% into what I am doing and find it very difficult to stop, but it really is very crucial to listen to the still small voice of the spirit and go with that. I find that I am inspired by God of all creation and His imagination is limitless. If I stay tuned to the source I should never run out of ideas. I need to always be aware of my surroundings, aware of the sounds and waves around me and to not miss a beat. This morning I couldn’t sleep and just had a frustrating night and got out of bed early. I looked out through the dripping wet windows and saw two deer in the back of my house. I was so excited, because this summer I have wondered where they all went and here they were, beautiful and gracious. It made my day!

“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery (St Exupery is from my home town – Lyon France)

I love this quote as it speak of the unseen. It speaks of the future, of creativity and seeing with the eyes of the heart – the source we need to draw from.

I love food and this photo is from our trip to China a few years back. The feast is prepared with all the ingredients, colors and tastes and all we have to do is just sit and enjoy! It’s the same with letting our imagination flow. If we wait for the meal to be cold or old, it will not taste good and won’t be a memorable experience. If we eat it while it’s warm and fresh it will be tasty and wonderful. We have to partake of what’s presented to us at the time it is served and use every bit of it to create our newest piece of art.

It’s all about going with the flow…………