Tag Archives: JEWELRY

From after school activity to girls’ biz

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From after school activity to girls’ biz

Sunday morning, my favorite espresso at hand, browsing the web for some amazing story to find, or some inspiration to arrive, maybe blogs to reblog, but nothing felt like “right” at that moment.

Out of the blue my daughter Fiona stomped down the stairs, hugged me and after trying to look over the iPad and figure out what was I doing, she finally asked: “mom, have you written about how we got into this?”.

I realized that I haven’t done so.

So, here it goes the story about how an after school activity for my daughters and bonding time with mom (that’s me!)  evolved into a girls’ biz adventure:

My daughter Fiona and me love to design, create and transform what ever we have at hand, we try to spend our few free afternoons doing crafts, specially jewelry. My little one, Miranda between cartwheel and monkey jumps stops by to bead little tiny charms that are almost invisible to my eyes or made patterns inspired by the latest animal she has read about.

The next day the bracelets are gone and in the hands of friends, theirs and mine… We made the bracelets everyday as a reminder of faith and spirit, thinking of each person and trait, we included little words that reminded our friends their awesomeness, their beauty and of course that whatever sadness was going on it shall pass.

When our real family business started to slowdown, my girls and I decided to make our hobby an e-commerce start up. We presented the “girls biz plan” to my husband, he reviewed it and supported us all the way. He jumped right in teaching us how to upload files, web sites, domains, e-commerce and of course sales!

What started as an after school activity, a mother-daughter bonding time type, has evolved into an adventure for the entire family, a fun and marvelous endeavor called Mia Joia that has brought my family even closer than we were before.

Pure bliss.

Tarot Inspiration

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Tarot Inspiration

I was looking for inspiration today after buffing and sanding for almost three hours some pieces of jewelry, looking at them and thinking to myself “I wish I’ll be a lizard, maybe my fingers could grow back again!” My fingers were so soared and numbed for all the work, and at the end I was so frustrated because the pieces I was making didn’t end up as I expected, they were completely opposite to what I designed, the colors went wrong after baking the clay, some of them cracked, all my efforts clashed with a reality wall, my pieces were ruined and no matter how much effort I was using to “fix” them, at the end they were not good and I had to toss it all away.

I was so frustrated, and of course when you feel frustrated your creative side just shuts down, so after cleaning my working table and going back to square one –an empty space- I decided to browse some podcasts looking to find some inspiration in some of the episodes that I have on Tarot, healing, affirmations, crystals, angels, Bible. There I was listening to “The Language of Tarot” podcast when suddenly the episode just stops, like a glitch on the download you know? So I tapped on it several times to see if it came back or something, but instead of the episode I was listening a new podcast showed and started to play, odd isn’t it?

A random episode of the “Toronto Tarot Portal” started to play with Andrew McGregor and James Wells presenting the episode of Tarot and Meditation these 2 guys are amazing, marvelous, I never felt so relaxed with their tone of voice, they are Tarot professionals with a great idea of just teaching the Tarot not as a crystal ball to see into the future or an oracle, what I understood of the episode is how to be connected to the cards, how to visualize and meditate with the Tarot, and how the Tarot can be present in your life.

As I was listening to these guys and their knowledge on different card decks, their experience, how they connect a question to a card, not as a blunt answer but rather as how can you improve your life in order to get into a certain point, how can you use your inner strength and inner talents to achieve them, I realized that I have had working on different pieces without even paying attention, just enjoying my moment.

I really recommend you the “Toronto Tarot Portal” if you are into Tarot, meditation and visualization, Andrew and James have a great tone of voice, eloquent vocabulary and great examples.

Here are some of the things I created meanwhile I was listening to the podcast I hope you like it, and be blessed!

necklace 3 for web necklace 4 complete necklace 2 detail Bracelet 3a Bracelet 5b Bracelet 2a

Token Jewelry

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Token Jewelry

We all have a special something we wear for a job interview, before the big game, on a final test, when we travel or we give something that “captures” the feeling a person has on a certain special occasion and we want to make sure they will relive the moment every time they see it, well that special something is a token.

Without trying to write a treaty on jewelry I can tell you that token jewelry is of course designed to be worn, but it was also intended to enhance or highlight a particular mood, religious belief or spiritual significance.

Since prehistoric times jewelry was designed and worn as a protection from dangers, ornament and of course as status or rank; archeological sites have shown different ornaments made with shells, stone, bones, and in some cases feathers and animal skin. As the human race evolved and metalworking techniques were discovered jewelry production bloomed as a craft, status, fashion, trade and religious icons.

For example, in ancient Greece, jewelry was often used by women as offerings to deities and as dedications for thanksgiving for securing a loved one during wartime, in fulfillment of a vow, on a successful childbirth or for a cure.  But male jewelry from officials and civil men were customary at the temples, however they were in the form of wreath, armlets, shields, pectorals and family symbols or scuds.

But jewelry was not exclusive of individuals, as the matter of fact, the State and Priests were the fondest of using jewelry for ritual offerings, military symbols, ranks and of course… protection.

As the centuries passed by and religions spread throughout the world, jewelry reflected the dramatic influence of status, religious origin and protective belief. Materials such as gold and silver was destined for royalty, nobles and high ranked members of the clergy; while copper, iron and pewter was usually left for the rest of humbler origins. Whichever the case, the distinctive mark was the cryptic inscriptions or symbols crafted on the jewel as a token for protection, love, union, military victory, you name it.

But not everything in token jewelry is exclusively about magic or religious beliefs, nowadays the origin and significance is far broader: foreign languages alphabets, words and colors, crystals and gemstones, universal symbols even vintage objects.  Everything that denotes something special to us and makes us feel better is more powerful because of the energy and feeling we “place” on it.

Do you wear a special token? I know I do, actually… several of them! it all depends on what am I going to do, go or feelings I have.

Monthly, Zodiac, Chakra or Angel crystals? What to choose?

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Monthly, Zodiac, Chakra or Angel crystals? What to choose?

Monthly birthstones, Zodiac gemstones, Chakra or Angel related crystals which one to use?

It all depends on what your intuition tells you, how you feel regarding aligning your belief system toward one or another, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable on what are you going to wear or use as a token.

I know many people read their horoscopes but actually don’t “believe” on what they are reading and others won’t go out of their house without consulting (Zodiac, Angel cards, Bible verses) what is ahead so they can dodge hard situations or jump right at opportunities when the signs telling them so (I’m one of those), in choosing the crystal you are going to use as a token or amulet or just because you want to find  YOUR crystal is exactly the same, you must feel comfortable that your belief system is aligned to the token before wearing one.

I researched many authors and references to correctly use and mix different materials, crystals and gemstones when designing my jewelry and tokens, I try to keep it simple just by month and Chakras, you can use it as quick reference table for energy correspondence and for the simple pleasure of knowing something new.

Month Crystal/ Gemstone
January Garnet
February Amethyst
March Aquamarine
April Diamond
May Emerald
June Pearl
July Ruby
August Peridot
September Sapphire
October Opal
November Citrine
December Lapis Lazuli
Chakra Energy Point Crystal/

Gemstone

Crown Above the head (halo) Clear Quartz, Amethyst
Third Eye Between the eyebrows Lapis lazuli, sodalite
Throat Thyroid Aquamarine, Turquoise
Heart Heart Green Jade, rose quartz
Navel Above the navel Tiger’s eye, amber
Sacral Above abdomen Carnelian, citrine
Root Base of spine Smoky quartz. obsidian

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