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Jewelry and objects have the power to heal and connect.

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Now, don’t get me wrong… first and foremost I believe we all have the ability to feel empowered and loveable and connected simply by being and breathing. By getting grounded within ourselves and recognizing how we are connected to all things through our essence and spirit is enough. No material object can replace inner peace, real love, and connection. But I do believe physical objects have the power to transplant us and remind us of that inner contentment, as well as loved ones and experiences. 

Jewelry is a physical reminder of people and experiences.

1.    Jewelry transports us to other memories.

Jewelry Gift Idea #1 = A custom piece that conjures memories of an experience you’ve had together or place you love.

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 flood back.

Jewelry doesn’t replace 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.

custom amethyst and silver modern necklace inspired by trees and mushroom hunting

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.

Jewelry Gift Idea #2 = Rings that will remind her of love (not just for weddings!)

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 simple ring on our pinky fingers. 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 my 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.

custom gold wedding rings inspired by protea tree flower

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.

Jewelry Gift Idea #3 = Pretty earrings just for fun

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.

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.

Jewelry Gift Idea #4 = A necklace that includes an element reminiscent of the wearers greatest achievement.

Trophies aren’t just a 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 Projectrewards 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.

one of a kind emerald and silver necklace to celebrate college graduation

Commissioned by her parents to celebrate Abby’s graduation from college in 3.5 years – the smaller stones represent the first 3 years and the large stone represents the final half year, reminding her when she sets her mind to something and works hard, she can accomplish anything.

5.    Jewelry brings ancestors to life (in our hearts and minds).

Jewelry Gift Idea #5 = Remake an old heirloom into something new and wearable

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 of its redesigned or the original …