Tough Girl Cameo

by mary April 2, 2013

Sometimes inspiration comes from people you've never met.  Recently, at my last "pop-up" show at Dorothea's Closet, a woman asked me about making a "tough girl cameo" necklace.  I'd never heard of tough girl jewelry before, but was intrigued, so when I got home I googled it.  Although I didn't find an actual definition of tough girl jewelry or tough girl chic, what I did find suggested it involved jewelry with an "attitude", jewelry that was "edgy" or adventurous and combined toughness and feminine qualitities (think pink).  And, while I didn't see any cameos, I did see jewelry incorporating skulls, rhinestones, pearls, keys, crosses, daggers, guns, hardware/gears, and lots of chain.  After reading a blog or two & looking at some of the images, I decided to try my hand at a tough girl cameo necklace, and here's what I ended up with.  I love trying new things, and it was great fun going through my stash looking for charms that had an attitude.  I may even wear it the next time I go out!

 

 

 

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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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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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