Inspiritu Jewelry

by mary March 24, 2013

One of the places from which I get inspiration are books, and one of my favorite books is Inspiritu Jewelry by Marie French.  This book introduced me to the power and symbolic meaning of various gemstones, metals, charms and colors.  It also introduced me to a curandera (a Mexican woman who practices healing techniques inherited from the Mayans) named Milagros who made jewelry to heal the sick and mentally ailing.  I found myself fascinated by the concept of making "healing jewelry", and by the meaning and power of the charms, gemstones and metals I'd been working with.  Since then, I've made several charm bracelets designed around healing themes -- including a series of New Beginnings charm bracelets, a bracelet to provide protection during travel, and a series of Wellness of Body, Mind and Spirit charm bracelets.  Within the two series, each bracelet is unique in its composition of charms, metals and gemstones.  I've really enjoyed going through my materials looking for just the right gemstone or charm to correspond to the power or symbolic meaning I want to capture.  I've included here a picture of one of my New Beginnings charm bracelets.

 

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One of My Favorite Finds

by mary March 21, 2013

One of my all time favorite finds was something I came across a year or so ago in a lot of jewelry odds and ends.  It was half of a broken locket -- one the "outside", the name Edith was engraved and on the "inside" was a Victorian looking photo of a young man.  Every time I looked at it, I couldn't help wondering who Edith and the young man were and what their relationship was . . . were they lovers, husband-and-wife, sister and brother?  Was the locket a gift from the gentleman to Edith?  How did it get broken?  And, how did it get into the lot of jewelry I picked up?  I held on to the locket for many months, taking it out now and again and thinking about what I wanted to do with it.  Finally, I knew just what I wanted to do.  I had been looking through a book on Steampunk jewelry and decided that was the feeling I wanted for this piece.  So I poked through my stash of buttons, pearls, hearts and other charms, and created a necklace that has a romantic feel with just a touch of Steampunk technology.  I titled the piece "Edith and Her Beau", and still think about them whenever I look at it and hope that they would approve of what I did with their locket.

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Welcome to My Blog

by mary March 18, 2013

About Pauline's Jewelry Box

Pauline's Jewelry Box was founded by Mary Nelson in 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa. I chose the name Pauline's Jewelry Box because my mother's name was Pauline & I have many fond memories of looking through jewelry box & playing with her jewelry. I sell my jewelry through art shows, at local Des Moines businesses (Green Goods for the Home in East Village & Beaverdale Books in Beaverdale), trunk shows and online. I also do custom work and can design a piece using elements you have or from my own collection or a combination. Please contact me if you are interested in either a trunk show or a custom piece.

My Background: I have always loved vintage, so it was natural when I started making jewelry that I was drawn towards using vintage elements and designing jewelry that has a vintage feel. I especially like working with cameos, lockets, charms, old photos, watch parts & chains of different texture, size & color. I get my inspiration from nature, other artists, & from the vintage objects themselves. My husband Steve is a great source of feedback. I pick up broken jewelry, Cracker Jack/gumball charms & other found objects at garage sales, antique shops, flea markets & on eBay. Friends have also given me their odds & ends, which makes a piece even more special.

Here on my blog I hope to be able to relate to you stories about some of my favorite finds, as well as how I find the inspiration for a particular piece or the research involved to develop a feeling I want to convey.  I'll also share some of the challenges and rewards I experience in making a new piece or learning a new technique.

My goal is to write a blog entry at least once a month, and more often when the spirit moves me.

 

 

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About the author

Pauline's Jewelry Box was founded by Mary Nelson in 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.  I chose the name Pauline's Jewelry Box because my mother's name was Pauline & I have many fond memories of looking through jewelry box & playing with her jewelry

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