So many women don't realize/recognize their own beauty. Heck. I often forget that I am beautiful, in my own special, unique, glorious, colorful way. Honoring the unique beauty of every woman - this is why I make jewelry.
My favorite thing is to watch a woman's face change when she picks out a necklace, puts it on and then looks in the mirror. Sure, the jewelry adds a sparkle. But there's this recognition that happens when you know you look good, when you've treated yourself to something beautiful or fun or sparkly. Something that makes you feel MORE yourself.
This is the real reward for me, in designing and making jewelry - that happy, satisfied face when a woman recognizes her beauty. The Goddess within her.
The "Brising" of my bead business comes from the Norse myth of the goddess Freya and the creation of a magical necklace. Freya was known for her beauty. Her magical necklace only enhanced her natural beauty and strength. That's what my intention is with every necklace I make - that its owner, its woman, will place the necklace around her neck or hold it in her hands and know her beauty and her strength.
|Be the Change, 2012|
I'm also beginning to realize that I need to lead by example. For years, I've made necklaces - hundreds of them - but rarely woren any jewelry. I couldn't be bothered, I told myself. Until I realized how often I heard other women make a similar excuse. "I'm too busy." "I don't wear jewelry that big/heavy/flashy/colorful." "I don't have anywhere to wear something that pretty." "I can't afford to treat myself." Endless excuses. And many times, women won't even try on a piece, won't give themselves a moment of enjoyment. A moment of beauty.
Here's the thing. I'm not in the jewelry business to make money. I make jewelry to spread the love. If I can see a necklace belongs to you, if it changes how you feel about yourself or view yourself or express a part of your personality that's hidden too often, I'll give you the necklace. It's yours. No questions, no money asked.
Beauty is not caused. It is. - Emily Dickinson
|Spiral Goddess, 2010|
She who is the beauty of the green earth, and the white moon among the stars, and the mystery of the waters, and the desire of the heart of man, calls unto thy soul. Arise, and come unto Her. For She is the soul of nature, who gives life to the universe. from Her all things proceed, and unto Her all things must return; and before Her face, beloved of gods and men, let thine innermost divine self be enfolded in the rapture of the infinite. Let Her worship be within the heart that rejoiceth; for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are Her rituals. And therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you. And thou who thinkest to seek Her, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not unless thou knowest the mystery; that if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, then thou wilt never find it without thee. For behold, She has been with thee from the beginning; and She is that which is attained at the end of desire. -
Charge of the Goddess, Doreen Valiente