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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Meaning of Jewelry

Jewelry is one of the oldest forms of self-expression. More than just something sparkly and shiny, jewelry has been imbued with meaning and communication all throughout history. Amulets that protect, rings that indicate marital status, gemstones with healing powers, jet jewelry for mourning. Demonstrations of power, love, status, religion and wealth. Jewelry is a form of personal expression for both the wearer and the artist. Art as communication.

I have always been intrigued by the many jewelry components depicting Buddha, and other eastern symbols of protection and healing. I am drawn to Buddha pendants, Tibetan healing stones, Dharma wheels and Dorje pestles. These “auspicious symbols” seem to speak to me more so these days as horrible stories of war and massacres fill the news. We could all use a little protection these days, an amulet to keep us safe, or to remind us of the good in the world.

Here are some of the pieces that I have been inspired to create, as a meditation on protection, growth, healing and prosperity.

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