My wardrobe is a sea of black, white and greys, but my jewelry room is an explosion of color. The room (aka Hodge Podge Lodge) is a nook about 5 X 4 feet filled with jewels in trays, vintage handbags, leather boxes, and drawers. My clothes are merely a backdrop for dramatic bags, shoes, and as much jewelry as I can layer on.
2. What’s someone’s stream of consciousness to me?
I’m not drawn to poetry. I can’t seem to tap into enough angst to coax meaning out of another’s stream of consciousness. Now that I’ve said what I’m not, Robert Frost breaks through this with words I learned in my first decade and still recall when the anxiety of choosing a path needs an antidote. Click HERE to read the words.
3. What’s wrong with Obsession?
With perfume there’s a fine line between magnificent and migraine inducing. I once worked with a woman who doused herself in Obsession. You smelled her coming from across the street. I became obsessed with my repugnance of Obsession.
Jo Malone has figured out the distinction between exquisite and overdone which is important when it comes to how one smells. Orange Blossom is swoon inducing but you almost can’t go wrong with any Jo Malone selection.
With smell, less is more. Thankfully, not so with jewels!
She was said to be shrewd, calculating and a great beauty as well. BUT her enduring legend is her ability to use her wit and charm to facilitate powerful political and personal connections.
Cleopatra VII Philopator was the last Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. She married BOTH of her brothers, Ptolemy XIII and Ptolemy XIV. Her parents were also siblings. They did things differently then.
She co-ruled with her brothers until she learned they were conspiring to overthrow her and successfully turned the tables to emerge the sole ruler. At the same time she dissolved her marriage contracts, started amassing her own fortune, and forged impressive liaisons with other powerful leaders.
If Cleopatra were writing her top 5 tips for success, they might look like this:
- Learn to work with what you’ve got, beauty, brains, wit, charm, motivation: you don’t need them all, a couple will do nicely. It’s how you USE them that counts.
- Mix business with pleasure, especially if you enjoy both. If you don’t enjoy both then start now to make some positive changes in that direction.
- Dress for success. If you don’t have time to swath yourself in silk, put some decent jewelry on. If the jewels are BIG enough, no one will notice your old khakis!
- Know who’s on your side and who’s out to grab your throne. A girl NEEDS allies she can trust.
- LOVE big but don’t let it blind you, inhibit you, or throw you off your path.
French has a dizzying number of verbs. Hundreds! Des centaines! Each with up to six conjugations and the ten most commonly used are all irregular!!! So it goes with crystals. Hundreds! Each with its own story… Mon dieu!
Crystal Quartz is the most common. It is considered the master healer, energizer, and diffuser of bad vibes. A girl can’t go wrong with Crystal Quartz. All the other varieties share these important properties and also come with some individual benefits of their own.
Tangerine Quartz is a favorite around this studio. No particular reason for this other than most of us who work on the jewelry love it. The belief is that you are attracted to the stones that are right for you. So, maybe our karmic adjustment cries out for the lucidity it brings.
Metaphysically, Tangerine Quartz is said to create a clarity around the events that shape our lives. It fosters compassion and calms the memories associated with physical or emotional trauma.
Most tangerine quartz comes from Brazil. The orange color is the result of a rusty liquid created by the presence of hematite and water in the cavity where the quartz forms.
Wear Tangerine Quartz to help you navigate the “chaos” of the world and recognize the inherent order in the universe. A girl can’t radiate positive energy without clearing the way for it.
I just LOVE to be a busy girl. Why do a show if you’re just going to sit there, then pack up your jewels and take them home? Jewels should only sit still if they are in a museum. Otherwise they should be worn by people who love them.
At my holiday shows I decided to lower my prices significantly and see if I could double my sales. OOOH! It worked! I’ve been a very busy girl.
Last night was the first of my two Human Needs Food Pantry events and WOW! It was a jewel fest! So this morning I went into my web site and slashed all my prices the same way. Check it out!
After all what good are fabulous jewels if they don’t make their way out into the world.
P.S. I’ve been making the bodacious African Tribal Collar necklaces. Definitely not for the unbold. Anyway, I always take 3 or 4 to shows as window dressing and I usually sell at least one. Last night I sold two!
YES! They can.
This month I’m making that happen right there in my home town. I volunteer at The Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair. Once a week our clients come in to get bags of fresh food to help feed their families. The pantry is funded by generous donations from individuals and businesses in the community.
In addition clients get a monthly pass to “shop” in our “boutique.” They get bags which they can fill with whatever items are available that they need in terms of clothing, personal care products, bedding and towels. Volunteers sort and organize a steady stream of donations that keep the “boutique” happening.
This year I put together a trunk show to benefit the HNFP. No matter how much comes in we never seem to have enough of some things like sheets, towels, and blankets. If you live in or near Montclair stop by on Dec 4. If you bring in new or clean gently used towels, sheets and bedding I’ll give you a $20 gift certificate to shop for jewels. There will also be lots of treats, wine, and interesting people.
Click here for the details.
A portion of my jewelry sales will go to the pantry as well. AND I designed the foodie charm bracelets pictured here to benefit HNFP? They are on sale on my web site now, and they will be available December 4 at the event.
Happy July Birthday! The Ruby Rules this month!
According to gem lore, the ruby is considered the most powerful gem in the universe. They are associated with many astral signs but most notably with July birthdays. Rubies carry intense energy that can sharpen the mind, heighten the awareness and stimulate the whole system.
Ruby is the stone of courtly love and romantic commitment. It is an aphrodisiac long associated with all forms of love, from wild sensuality to mystical communion. Ruby helps foster happiness in those who wear it. It also boosts courage to help achieve one’s best potential. Those who wish to strengthen their self-confidence should meditate on rubies. It is said that ruby rings offer the best protection when worn on the left hand.
NOTES on images above:
After centuries of being thought to be one of the most valuable rubies in the world, the Timur Ruby was deemed to be a spinal sometime around 1851. Though a spinel is a naturally occurring mineral, it is far less valuable than a ruby. The Timur Ruby is still a very valuable piece and is now part of the jewel collection of the British Monarchy.
Lily Safra was a Brazilian philanthropist and socialite who attained considerable wealth after four marriages. This ring was part of a jewelry collection she sold at auction last year to benefits charity.
The Gautama Mala is a Flashioista piece made of vintage red Czech glass, it along with the zoisite and the Bohemian Garnets are all rubies in color and can carry the same intentions.
Zoisite is a natural gemstone. Bohemian rubies can be made made glass or red rock crystals.