ABOUT THE COLLABORATION: In early 2017, I started following Tieler James on Instagram (@TielerJamesDesigns). At the time, he was a contestant on Project Runway. He followed me back and started to like some of my pics! From there we started chatting and I sent him a pair of earrings. A couple of months later he reached out asking if I could make big tassel earrings for his Fall/Winter 2017 Collection. Of course, I jumped at the chance! These earrings walked the runway in Vancouver and Austin, TX! We even made it into Vogue China!
ABOUT THE STONES: Part of my fascination with jewelry making is the stones. What do they mean? Where did they come from? Below find the meaning of the stones of this particular piece. Please keep in mind that gemstones and semi-precious gemstones have many different meanings to many different cultures- these are just what I’ve found in my research! :)
*** FRESHWATER PEARLS are usually pale white or cream-colored, though darker blue, gray, and even black variations exist. Remember, pearl is the result of layer upon layer of substance produced to combat irritation. Freshwater pearls enable one to accept love and see the good parts of oneself so you can love yourself and others more. Pearls are also a symbol of purity.
*** AMETHYST is crystalline quartz in shades of purple, lilac or mauve. It is a stone traditionally worn to guard against drunkenness and to instill a sober mind. The word amethyst comes from the Greek meaning "without drunkenness" and amethyst is believed to protect one from poison. It has also been used historically as a dream stone, to help insomnia. Put an amethyst under your pillow to bring about pleasant dreams.
***HEMTITE comes from the Greek word for blood. It has been used as an amulet against bleeding, and so is known as the "blood stone". When arranged like the petals of a flower, it is referred to as the "iron rose". Native American folklore states that war paint made from hematite will make one invincible in battle. People in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries wore hematite jewelry during mourning. Hematite is said to protect the wearer's life energy and guarantee survival. Amulets of hematite have been found in nearly every pharaoh's tomb as a support in the afterlife.
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