meaningful jewellery

Gem Shopping in Jaipur - What Would You Like?

This Wednesday 14th February I'm on my way to my beloved India for a month of much chai, much meditation and much being-in-the-momentness. I feel a strong need to get reconnected to the natural flow of life. This helps me to tune in to my inner guide, reboot my spiritual sat-nav! 

I will be closing up my online shop from Tuesday. But I will be working whilst I'm away. Part of taking this time out is to give myself the space, in my head and my schedule, to design some new pieces for you. I'll be doing some deep communing with my muse and seeing what beauties she delivers up into my noggin! I will be working a lot more with juicy juicy gemstones this year. The dizzying visual splendour of the places I will be in India will, no doubt, have a massive influence on me. Varanasi, Pushkar and Jaipur are such colourful delights that I reckon I'll be back with an array of brightly coloured stones. I also want to work on more deeply symbolic pieces as I get so much out of making them. I will be making more of my Totem necklaces (above) in a range of stones and also introducing some earrings once I'm back. Oh, and there'll definitely be some more 18ct gold pieces, I've fallen HARD for it's beauty. There's no going back!

I'd love to hear what stones you would like to see my Totem collection in. I love making these symbolic necklaces bespoke for customers, in their choice of gemstones so do get in touch if there's anything you'd like me to pick for you when I'm stone shopping in Jaipur. I'll be there the second week in March. And if you have any thoughts of pieces you'd like to see made with gemstones, let me know. I'd love your input in my collection design. 

What gems would you love this ring made in?

What gems would you love this ring made in?

I'd love to know, what gemstones really speak to you? What do you love about them? Leave your comments below, I'd really love to hear. They could be a real source of inspiration for me.

Jewel of The Month - Goddess Totem Necklace

I'm a bit of a donut when it comes to keeping track of time! I think it must be something about working from home and never knowing what day of the week it's resulted in me not even knowing what month it is! Ha! My Jewel Of The Month blog was originally intended as a  monthly thing but, well, that ain't happened! So let's just say it's something I do SOME months! It's boring to be predictable, eh?!

The main inspiration behind my Totem necklaces was the symbolic way in which jewellery used to be worn. I wanted to design a collection of talismans to aid people in calling in certain states of mind or emotions. I, personally, wear certain pieces of jewellery as symbols to remind me of where I'd like to be mentally and emotionally. These jewels, when my gaze falls on them, serve as prompts to shift my mental focus over to the feeling I'm wishing to manifest in my conscious mind. 

My jewel for October is my Goddess Totem necklace. It's in a rich, luxurious combination of glowing tanzanite and magical star ruby. I designed this necklace with the intention of whipping up inside the wearer a sensation of sensual Goddessness! You put this one-of-a-kind necklace on and step confidently into your divine feminine incarnation. There's something so sexy about these colours together and the gold enhances the richness of the colours. I love the symbolism of both stones and thought they would work beautifully together in ushering in a Goddess mindset. Ruby is a stone that symbolises passion and tanzanite symbolises heightened spiritual growth. A true Goddess attitude combines both passion and a spiritual awakeness, a beautiful balance of lower and higher chakras.

Is there any feeling or attitude you'd love to be reminded to embody in your life? We can all tap into so many different sides of ourselves at will, but it helps to have a reminder. Jewellery is the prettiest way of guiding us to make these shifts in our attitude. If you imbue a talisman with a particular meaning, it will always create a shift inside when you put it on, even if only a subtle, subconscious one. I love making bespoke pieces for people so get in touch if you would like your own unique Totem necklace designed to help you call in a particular attitude or perception shift. I'd love to work with you and design a necklace to fit your desires using the perfect gemstones for your tastes. 

June Jewel Of The Month

Ok. So I'm not great at keeping track of the month I'm in and totally lunched on creating a Jewel of the Month blog post for May! Time goes so fast and I've just checked the calendar to see that it's the end of June! So here is the Jewel of the Month for June (just in time!). But to make up for the missing month, it's more a Collection of the Month!

I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling that the sun is one of the most important entities in my life. I'm a different woman when the sun shines on my bones. As a teenager, my mum once observed that I grew visibly taller when the sun came out, like a flower. I feel this expansion in every part of me when I go for a stroll in the sun's nourishing rays. I'm flooded with a serene positivity and feel more confident, more empowered.

Some pieces from my  Sunburst  collection

Some pieces from my Sunburst collection

Living in a country that doesn't always see the sun inspired me to create my own sunshine. On those days when the sun don't shine, I can wear a piece from my Sunburst collection to take me back to the Marcia that comes out in the sunshine. Each time my eyes fall upon the piece of jewellery, I take my attention back to feelings of warmth and expansion. I focus on feeling the warm, golden glow of the sun coursing through my body. This is jewellery to chase the clouds away. A little bit of mind-over-matter can convince your soul that it's a beautiful day, no matter what the weather is doing outside. On days when the sun is shining, I wear my Sunburst jewellery to remind the Sun how much I love him and invite him to please stick around awhile. 

The traditional symbolism of the sun often relates directly to the ways it makes us feel. It is a symbol of vitality, passion and energy. But my personal favourite meaning to attribute to a piece of sun symbolism I'm wearing is "rebirth". The sun heralds the dawning of a new day, every day. It's a beautiful reminder to start anew, recalibrate. A message to ourselves to shake off the shit from this chapter and step, cleansed, into a new one.