Why Buy Hand-Crafted Jewelry?

Today I have been pondering what brings a buyer to a local artisan.  When you decided to look for a new piece of jewelry, whether it is a gift for someone special or just a special treat for yourself, there are so many questions and choices out there.  Where do you go? What should you buy? How much do you spend?  Do you go do a chain jewelry retailer? Or a local department store?  How about the local discout store?   Or do you go to a jewlery artisan? 

Gemstone Necklace - Picture Jasper, Red Picture Agate, and Sterling Silver

What are the advantages of buying from a jewelry artisan?

  • You support individual artists and the art community. 
  • Hand-crafted jewlery provides added value though qulaity craftsmanship and individuality.
  • You will get a unique piece that is beautiful and creative.  The piece was created with some inner inspiration from the artisan.
  • The piece will be customizable and have a style all it’s own that meets your stahdards.  Most artisans will customize a piece to your own individual needs.
  • The piece will be quality made with love and care with individuality, instead of a being create at a huge compnay where you will not have any connection to the creator. 
  • Jewelry artisans absolutely love what they do and your piece will be created with that in mind.
  • The piece will be much more affordable and you will be able to form a connection and get personalized service from the artist.

What are your personal experiences with buying artisan jewelry?   Please share the good, the bad, and the ugly…..

Gem-Lore (revisited)

I received a comment to see some pieces with the stones mentioned in the gem-lore post from yesterday.  If you have been following my facebook or my blog you have probably are ready seen some of them, but here it goes….. Leave a comment about them if you like.

JADE is a symbol of purity and serenity. much prized in the East, it signifies wisdom gathered in tranquility. it is believed to attract good luck and friendship. Jade treats the kidneys and supra-adrenal glands, removes toxins, rebinds cellular and skeletal systems, and heals stitches.

Etched Jade Necklace with Jade Pendant

AVENTURINE reinforces leadership qualities and decisiveness. It promotes compassion and empathy and encourages perseverance. Also stabilizes one’s state of mind, stimulates perception, and enhances creativity.

Sterling Silver and Green Adventurine Necklace

 

JASPER is known as the “supreme nurturer,” it sustains and supports during times of stress, and brings tranquility and wholeness. Jasper supports the circulatory, digestive, and sexual organs. it balances the mineral content of the body.

TIGER’S EYE combines the earth energy with the energies of the sun to create a high vibrational state that nevertheless grounded, drawing the spiritual energies to the earth. Tiger’s eye heals issues of self-worth, self-criticism, and blocked creativity. Also it balances yin-yang and energies the emotional body. It is helpful for repairing broken bones.

Tiger Eye and Picture Jasper Necklace

Green Zebra Jasper Earrings

 

 

 

 

 

 

OBSIDIAN is a molten lava that cooled so quickly it had no time to crystallize. Obsidian is a stone without boundaries and limitation. it is a strongly protective stone, forming a shield against negativity. Obsidian’s greatest gift is insight into thecause of disease. It aids the digestion of anything that is hard to accept and promotes physical digestion.

Black Obsidian Necklace

SODALITE unites logic with intuition and opens spiritual perception, bringing information from the higher mind down to the physical level. This stone brings about emotional balance and calms panic attacks. It enhances self-esteem, self-acceptance and self-trust. Sodalite treats the throat, vocal cords, and larynx and is helpful for hoarseness and digestive disorders. 

 

Sodalite Bracelet

Sodalite Earrings

 

Gem-Lore

The more I work with the natural gemstones the more I become intrigued with the mythical attributes that each of the natural gemstones have.  I thougth I would share the gem-lore for some of my favorite stones:

JADE is a symbol of purity and serenity. much prized in the East, it signifies wisdom gathered in tranquility. it is believed to attract good luck and friendship. Jade treats the kidneys and supra-adrenal glands, removes toxins, rebinds cellular and skeletal systems, and heals stitches.

AVENTURINE reinforces leadership qualities and decisiveness. It promotes compassion and empathy and encourages perseverance. Also stabilizes one’s state of mind, stimulates perception, and enhances creativity.

JASPER is known as the “supreme nurturer,” it sustains and supports during times of stress, and brings tranquility and wholeness. Jasper supports the circulatory, digestive, and sexual organs. it balances the mineral content of the body.

MALACHITE is a powerful stone but one that needs to be handled with caution. Life is lived more intensely under the influence of this adventurous stone, which encourages risk-taking and change. Malachite is an extremely versatile healing stone. it is particularly useful for cramps, including menstrual cramps, and facilitates childbirth– it has been called the midwife stone.

OBSIDIAN is a molten lava that cooled so quickly it had no time to crystallize. Obsidian is a stone without boundaries and limitation. it is a strongly protective stone, forming a shield against negativity. Obsidian’s greatest gift is insight into the cause of disease. It aids the digestion of anything that is hard to accept and promotes physical digestion.

OPAL is a delicate stone with a fine vibration. It enhances cosmic consciousness and induces physic and mystical visions. Opal has always been associated with love and passion, desire and eroticism. It brings loyalty, faithfulness, and spontaneity, but may amplify fickleness where the propensity is already present. It treats Parkinson’s disease, infections, and fevers and strengthens memory.

SODALITE unites logic with intuition and opens spiritual perception, bringing information from the higher mind down to the physical level. This stone brings about emotional balance and calms panic attacks. It enhances self-esteem, self-acceptance and self-trust. Sodalite treats the throat, vocal cords, and larynx and is helpful for hoarseness and digestive disorders.
combines the earth energy with the energies of the sun to create a high vibrational state that nevertheless grounded, drawing the spiritual energies to the earth. Tiger’s eye heals issues of self-worth, self-criticism, and blocked creativity. Also it balances yin-yang and energies the emotional body. It is helpful for repairing broken bones.

TOURMALINE cleanses, purifies, and transforms dense energy into a lighter vibration. it grounds spiritual energy, clears and balances all the chakras, and forms a protective shield around the body. It enhances energy flow, making it an excellent stone for healing, energy enhancement, and removal of blockages.

New Items For Sale

Just finished listing new items on Etsy and Artfire.  If you like what you see come by my shops and look around.  You can access my shops from the Shop Online page on the blog, from facebook on my profile page, or going to my  etsy store or my Artfire store. 

Russain Jade Earrings

 

Sodalite Earrings

 

Green Zebra Jasper Earrings

Russian Jade Bracelet

Sodalite Bracelet

First Custom Order

I just delivered my first custom order today.  They were very happy with it.  It is a set with a necklace, bracelet, and earrings.  The necklace is a three strand sterling silver heishi with green adventurine accents.  The bracelet and earrings are a single strand of heishi with the green adventurine. 

Sterling Silver and Green Adventurine Necklace

Etsy and Artfire

I can not believe it has been six weeks since my last post. 

I have been working really hard on getting everything ready to get my Artfire and Etsy Store open while trying to get a major deadline out with my day job.   Both the Artfire store and Etsy store are now up and running.  I actually got a few things listed last night and this morning.  Here are a couple of them.  I am hoping to get more up there soon.   I have to say the whole process of setting up both the Artfire and the Etsy store was a fairly simple process.   Have a great week everyone.

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