Lookie what I made when I was messing around! A little something for me.
Play is important. It's undervalued in our constantly hurried and stressed society. One of my personal and professional goals for 2013 is to set aside time to just play- in my studio and in life. For an artist, play is a vital part of the creative process. Experimenting with new techniques and long-stored away ideas can birth some pretty fantastic results, some of which are totally unexpected. The ring I made (pictured above) had been an idea in my head for months. I had purchased some really unusual double-drilled quartz points and each had been color-treated differently. The one above is a purpley-blue. I also have silver ones and black ones. They have so many design possibilities, and often were the times I sat just staring at one as I held it, wishing some killer idea would come, but nothing ever did. I did create a one-of-a-kind necklace with a few of them that was purchased by a belly dancer friend last year and it was pretty awesome, but since then the crystals have sat in their boxes languishing, waiting for me to figure out what the heck to do with them.
Until this winter when I made good on my promise to play. I think just setting the intention to play loosed my creativity somewhat, because my ring idea for the crystal just popped into my head during my first scheduled session of unscheduled fun in the studio. I'm not saying it's a masterpiece, but it is the first fruit in a looooooong time of my new, more relaxed mindset regarding work and design time. These last two months, when I get into the studio, I've actually purposefully neglected my planned designs, specifically so I can just release expectation of an end result. It does pay off, because it freshens any existing ideas I may have, plus it makes me happier.
Okay- one crystal used, only 50 more to go! :)
Are you getting enough play in your life?
Do you ever receive a deeply meaningful gift in your dreams? Is there a message contained in the gift? Ah well, in a dream I just recently had (I think it was right around my birthday too!) an old friend gifted me with the most delicate and beautiful tiny pair of garnet, gold and silver earrings. They were so vivid in the dream that when I woke, I was able to remember all the details of them, so I sketched them out and even found that exact type of natural garnet crystals and purchased them online. They are in the above picture; the 8 dark red ones. The orangey ones on the left are Hessonite garnet crystals and I couldn't resist them so I just bought the whole lot. Aren't they adorable? They look like little cherry candies! These crystals are quite small, not more than 6mm in size.
There is a common misconception that all garnets are red, however this is untrue. They can appear in a wide variety of colors including red, purple, green, orange, yellow, black or colorless. The green variety (Demantoid) is very prized and is a member of the andradite group. On the Mohs hardness scale garnets are a 7 with a trigonal crystal structure.
So what does garnet signify? After checking my favorite online stone sites I found many things, just a few of which are: it is a stone of romantic love, passion and protection. It can generate self-confidence and success in one's chosen profession. It will bring constancy to friendships and is associated in healing with the thyroid and spleen. Garnet is connected to the 1st, or root chakra, which is focused upon shelter, sustenance, security, earth connection, survival and grounding. It can also assist in connection to the kundalini energy we all have-the energy of transformation.
I had to dig some more. What does receiving a gift of earrings signify in a dream? One meaning I found online is that someone is in love with you or wants to be your friend. Another interpretation states that earrings denote a channeling ability in which you can communicate with spirits. Another said that earrings symbolize good news and interesting work ahead. All in all, quite fascinating stuff, and so much of what I read about garnet struck a deep personal chord relating to the dream that I was moved to re-create the "dream earrings".
As of this writing, they are still under construction. I'm working on them in my spare time, one pair for me and some for you if you like! Sign up for the newsletter in the box to the right to be notified when they're ready!
So have you or someone you know ever had dreams in which you're shown or given something so important that you had to attempt a recreation of it upon waking? Comment below and feel free to share! And if you or that friend you have loves garnet earrings, pass this article on to her.
So- crystal grids. What the heck are those? you may ask. Or you may be very familiar with them and have created your own. If you haven’t heard of them or don’t know, a crystal grid is a configuration of specific crystals and stones energized with your focused intention for a desired outcome. They can be very powerful and effective, created for anything from financial abundance, health, healing, love, creativity, and the list goes on, limited only by imagination.
I’ve created a few over the years, and recently my interest in them was re-awakened and I got thirsty for more knowledge, so I started digging and discovered a super-cool and informative book by Hibiscus Moon, a really upbeat, fun and refreshing author and crystal expert. I read her book on crystal grids and got some inspiration. She’s awesome and if you’re a crystal freak like I am you should look her up. Then I got to thinking… I love the grids, their energy and what they do, but what if I want that vibration in my field ALL the time, not just when I’m home in my sacred space? Well, what’s portable and wearable, beautiful, versatile and can carry any meaning we ascribe to it, aaaaand makes one feel special when they wear it? Well duh, JEWELRY, of course! Yeah, I went and created a crystal grid necklace. For Love. It’s really pretty. It was my first effort at creating such a complex piece and was technically challenging. I almost melted it more than once! It has 9-count ‘em- 9! stones set onto an etched copper disk.
Allow me to tell about the set stones in the grid pendant and why they’re in my necklace recipe.
Rose quartz: the ultimate heart chakra stone. For unconditional, romantic and peaceful love.
Garnet: inspires deep love and devotion, passion or serenity as appropriate.
Quartz: focuses and amplifies the energies of all the stones.
***And the following stones make up the necklace part…
Amethyst: for a highly spiritual union.
Turquoise: enhances trust, kindness, intuitive/psychic attunement to each other, stimulates romantic love.
Lapis Lazuli: ability to connect the mind and heart. In love, this can be very important. ;)
It has been my experience and observation (and I’m not alone), that people are seeking a deeper partnership in intimate romantic relationships. We are seeking more from life, awakening to our innate Divinity, and searching for someone with whom we can fulfill our Soul Purpose. Anymore, it’s not only about economic security or finding someone who will like the same movies and music we do (although those reasons are not to be poo-pooed either!). It’s become more about finding the person who will accept the dark in us as well as the light, and will push us to our greatest potential while being there to catch us if we fall, which we inevitably will from time to time. This gorgeous necklace has all those possibilites, and more, built into it by me. And of course I charged all the crystals so they are positively bursting with good juju. I love this necklace and I hope you do too, if you decide it’s for you. Find it in my Etsy shop.
Sara Martin: Twin Flame Rehabber, Creatrix of Talismans