The most cherished jewels are the ones carrying a special personal meaning.
Meaning is a magical, personal, intangible value we give to objects, and in our hearts it outweighs every single other value. That's is what my customers have taught me over the years I've worked as a jeweller and designer.
This collection of silver and enamel charms is a response: a return to the origins of what makes jewellery powerful, precious and meaningful: charms, talismans, amulets – the objects we wear... to protect, invite, share, comfort, understand and celebrate our being in the world.
I use charm symbols to focus my thinking, responses, reflection and introspection. Through metaphor and lightness they give me access to understanding, and I know that the right charm symbol at the right moment can be transformative. I hope that I can spread some of that meaning about!
The symbols are spiritually positive, with a bias toward women's lives, and it is always ‘heart stuff’: the wisdom of the heart and spirit in the journey of self-discovery.
I am also a lifelong fan of craftsmanship in its traditional forms. I love the mark of the hand more than the machine. I love to carve, particularly bas relief, which you see in my tiny charms (though I also carve large in marble), and I am forever in love with transparent colour, which I get to play with when I enamel my charms...of course the old fashioned way with old fashioned glass enamels. A real pleasure!
(JL, Jeweller, sculptor, designer, enameller, collector, gardener, mother, daughter, wife, friend, pilgrim.)
Cape Town, South Africa.
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