Tag Archive | Handcrafted Jewelry

It’s the Holiday Season…

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It’s supposed to be shiny and bright and full of hope and promise, but somehow this year feels a bit different to me. I’m a bit darker this year. Not in a depressing, angry way just more of a desire to look at the dark corners of my life that I haven’t really wanted to notice before.

I’m looking at the truths I have been afraid to speak, and finding that I finally have the courage to speak them. I’m now able to do that in a real, honest, non-drama filled way. I can see my part, and I can own it. As uncomfortable as it may be.

This took work. It’s what I’ve been doing for the last few months after participating in Nicky Scully’s Egyptian Mysteries Retreat in Oregon this past August, and it builds on other work I’ve been doing for many years now. Whatever this is and for however long it takes to complete itself, there is growth, and that is good. 

In the meantime, I’m going to take full advantage of the dark and play in steampunk land with design for a bit…

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Natural Rubies with Mixed Metals, Crystal, and Howlite 

$18- Silver-plate  (Available with Shepherd’s Hook, or Lever-back as shown)

$25 – Sterling Silver  (Available with Post, Shepherd’s Hook, or Lever-back as shown)

Phone orders only

 

 

BTW – Sorry for the not-so-great photo… I have a camera & photography station on my wish list! 🙂  See, there’s a smile! There is light at the end of the tunnel and this time it’s NOT an oncoming train .

Strut for Sobriety

save the date 2016I am very excited to announce that on Saturday September 10th I will be a boutique vendor at the Strut for Sobriety Fashion Show at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine – 3777 La Jolla Village Drive in San Diego.

Recovery programs figure big in my world, as being supportive to those struggling with addictions is of paramount importance to me. I grew up around many uncontrollable things, and it took me a very long time to realize that I was affected by other peoples addictions… fast forward to today, life is wonderful and getting more so, the more I stay connected. So being at this particular show, and sharing love and healing through my energy-healing jewelry is my way of giving back to those paths that helped heal my life.

The boutique will be open to event attendees from 10 – 3 (there will be a break from 12-2 for lunch and the fashion show).

I hope to see you there and show you the beautiful work I’ve been up to for this very special event.

Brightest Blessings!

 

Back to the Drawing Board

Valley-of-the-Queens-Triple-Bracelet-boxed So… I’ve just finished up a wonderful 8-week course on the ins-and outs of the jewelry business that has helped me re-think a lot of what I was doing in terms of design for the wholesale marketplace. Many years ago when I first started looking at doing business on this level I made the mistake of partnering up with, and listening to, influential people who convinced me to follow their visions, and who gave me all kinds of empirical evidence as to why that would be a good choice.

It wasn’t. Not even close.

I didn’t figure that out, however, until too much time and pain had worked their way into the scenario, and I eventually abandoned the business to my partner. I am SO grateful that I never used The Enchanted Bead Factory name during that venture… I didn’t want to share it… just in case…

Fast forward to today… I am currently designing a beautiful line of handmade jewelry that incorporates the beauty of semi-precious stones and precious metals, and is made with magic of inspirational and healing intent. I am also writing my book, “Designing with Intention: The Sacred Jewel Maker’s Craft” which goes along with the class I’ve been teaching at Southern California Gem Faires. I’ve been studying and working with gemstone energies since 1990 and really enjoy bringing their beauty and energetic gifts to my clients, and I look forward to doing that in a bigger way in the future with the creation of the wholesale line that I’m working on.

More to be revealed… stay tuned…

Brightest blessings,
Maria

 

For the Love of Jewelry

I had an unusual experience at the Oceanside Sunset Market last week… well, I always have unusual experiences at markets, but this one stands out because someone observed it and stopped me in my tracks. I was assisting a customer that was attracted to a certain necklace, and had it been the right length for her, she would have certainly purchased it. But the piece wasn’t meant for her. It was for someone else whom I haven’t met yet.

All my pieces are for someone specific. They all have an owner who hasn’t claimed them yet.

The customer was lovely, and had a beautiful structure to her collarbone, but the way the piece fell on her didn’t do her beauty the proper justice. I didn’t feel good about the look, and even before I offered to lengthen it for her, I knew that it wasn’t meant for her. She declined the offer, as I knew she would, but she took my card as she left my stand and said she would come back another time. Perhaps she will, and perhaps I will have a piece that belongs to her at that time.

A neighboring vendor said to me, “You’re really not about the money, are you? I know you’ve said that, but I didn’t believe you until I saw that. You could have sold her something, you could have sold her anything, but you didn’t. Damn, girl, you are an artist.”

I smiled.

It’s funny. I haven’t gotten very far with building this site, or putting up pictures, or a shopping cart, but I’ve been making a lot of progress with defining who I am and what I do when it comes to jewelry. I’ve been working on speaking with my true voice, and not looking to be everything to everyone. I connect with people and get them to look inside themselves and see what they want to bring out. Who are they really? How do they want to heal themselves and the world around them? That is what I want to know, and that is how I want to relate to them.

For me, jewelry is about transformation, and it’s been a very interesting journey thus far.

Yes, I’m working on lots of new designs, and ideas for putting them online… all in good time…

Brightest Blessings,

Maria