1. Jewelry transports us to other memories.
A gift given reminds us of the giver. When we have a special piece of jewelry given to us by someone we love, every time we wear it, or even see it among our things, we think of that person. We are reminded of the moment we received the piece, what was said, how we felt - all the love and closeness between the two of us floods back. Jewelry doesn’t replace the love of course, but it’s a strong physical reminder of that connection. When we feel adored, we naturally want to reciprocate so everyone feels loved.
John asked me to make this amethyst pendant for his wife, Katia to celebrate the birth of their first child. To them, this necklace tells a story of love and connection. Read more about the inspiration and design process behind this piece here.
2. Jewelry connects us to other people and conjures up love and support.
Perhaps you have a class ring that symbolizes your connection to classmates and your alma mater? I didn’t get a class ring, but the women in my family all wear the same ring on our pinky finger. It’s a little love knot my mom has given us to remind us of our family connections and the love that will always be there no matter what. Every time I fiddle with my ring, I think of my mom, my sisters, my sis-in-laws, and nieces. It’s surprisingly profound that one little piece of gold can summon so much love and support many times each day. When we feel supported, we are able to take risks to improve life (for us and others) and trust the world will provide.
Wedding rings are a prime example of how jewelry connects us to love and support. This set was made for Lisa and Mike. Inspired by the Protea plant in South Africa, they remind this couple of each other as well as their connection to origins through his birth country’s national flower.
3. Jewelry makes us feel renewed and desirable.
Sometimes we women just feel ugly. Or fat. Or unappealing in other ways. Or simply tired or bored with our look. Jewelry (and shoes!) have the power to make us feel pretty again. When saying affirmations into the mirror isn’t working, feeling put together on the outside can often give us the little boost we need to feel better on the inside. It’s a fake it till you make it mentality - a little something to give us a confidence lift can help us reconnect to our inner badass. When we feel good and more confident we channel that out to everyone around us, making everyone’s day better. Instead of letting a blah day make us feel frumpy or unattractive, adding the right bling can make us feel sexy and beautiful. After all, those earrings will always fit, even if we’re bloated!
Wren likes to layer several CG necklaces with jeans and a t-shirt to make doing boring tasks like paperwork more fun.
“CG jewelry always makes me feel good about myself. Fancy, even in a t-shirt.” ” — WREN CROSLEYCONE
4. Jewelry rewards and empowers.
Trophies aren’t just little gold statues. Jewelry is given to recognize people’s achievements and remind them how powerful and strong they are in determination and tenacity. Presidential and military rewards honor people with pins and medallions. Olympic medals tribute the finest athletes with a pendant around their necks. On a more accessible note, The Inspiring Women Project rewards those doing good things for their families and communities with a silver necklace award. Celebrating great accomplishments like graduations, job promotions, or other achieved goals with jewelry is a fantastic way to regularly remind us to feel pride in our abilities. Every time we wear that jewelry we know we can do whatever we set our minds to. When we feel strong and able, we can challenge ourselves to do more and better our community.
5. Jewelry brings ancestors to life (in our hearts and minds).
Perhaps you’ve inherited your grandma’s pearls or great aunt’s wedding ring? Each time a piece of jewelry is passed from one generation to the next, it brings with it the stories and emotions connected to our ancestors. Re-envisioning inherited jewelry into new treasures is a fantastic way to honor the past while giving it a modern look more relatable to your style. The necklace may look different, but it still contains grandma’s pearls so every time you wear it you’ll think of her. Regardless if it’s redesigned or the original heirloom, the history contained in jewelry is a powerful reminder of where we come from and the people who’ve made us who we are. When we feel connected to our past, we have an easier time facing the future.
Renee loved her aunt and the fact that she could be regularly reminded of her with her inherited jewelry. But since the pieces weren’t something she would wear, we re-envisioned them into something new (to better suit her earthy style) so she could pull the bits out of the back of the drawer and into the spotlight, facilitating cherished memories of her aunt on a regular basis.
6. Jewelry heals and helps us advance intentions.
Many believe natural elements, including metal and gemstones, have healing properties. Gold is thought to have anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and calming effects. Silver is used to promote strength and stamina and fight infection and disease.
I frequently get nosebleeds, always have. The only thing I’ve ever had stop one in an instant is a rhodonite gemstone held to the outside of my nose. Crazy but true. On an emotional level, gemstones have long been thought to have vast and intense power to help the wearer with a myriad of issues. Rose quartz is notoriously thought to open the heart to love and trust. Emeralds will help you be loyal, heart centered and make choices from a place of love and compassion. Rubies are thought to conjure passion, confidence, adventure, and courage.
Whatever the topic, there is likely a gemstone that will help facilitate the desired outcome. And even if you think the idea of rocks and metal having the power to heal is woo woo nonsense, having the reminder of your goal is sure to lead to progress. The heart follows the intentions we set for ourselves so jewelry can be a great regular reminder of what we are striving for in life.
When we feel healthy, we bring more goodness out to the world.
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