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Spiritual Jewelry, Inspiration: Land of Medicine Buddha

 At the foot of the Santa Cruz mountains lies a spiritual retreat, Land of Medicine Buddha. Tranquil and serene, it is surrounded by enormous redwood tree energy, and is truly a sanctuary and healing place. I come here when the chaos of the ordinary world becomes way too much for me, which sometimes, is much of the time. Too many people, too much traffic, too much noise, too many choices. Of everything. It is where I come to seek solitude and inspiration for my spiritual designs. Often, we are not able to literally go "on retreat" when the responsibilities of everyday life can make us feel so tied down, yet the need to retreat from every day life at times is so very necessary. There is a retreat, though, deep within each one of us that we can access through the simple practice of silence and meditation. A beautiful world of quiet and non thought. Sometimes it is easy to follow the path to this place, and sometimes we slip up and step backward on our journey. Sometimes we just need a little help with guidance along the way, in the form of a caring friend's empathy and compassion, a loving animal trotting joyfully by our side, or a special treasure in our hand to hold tight to when we need to remember what this world is really all about. Since the beginning of time, we as humans, have looked to connect with a higher source and transport to us "that place." The handmade jewelry pieces I create are meant to help us on our path.

Handmade Spiritual Jewelry     A string of brass capped carnelian Tibetan beads and baroque freshwater pearls with Thai amulet. Amulets on pendant necklaces are easy to reach up to and hold in our hand when we are feeling a bit overwhelmed. This amulet necklace reminds us to stop, take a breath and be in the moment. Spiritual jewelry is very meditative and grounding. The perfectly imperfect pearls and gemstones, are our calming connection to the earth and water. Legend has it that carnelian is said to attract prosperity and good luck and help keep us focused in the present moment. In ancient times, carnelian was known to be worn for motivation and endurance, leadership and courage.

Handmade Spiritual Jewelry

A string of brass capped carnelian Tibetan beads and baroque freshwater pearls with Thai amulet. Amulets on pendant necklaces are easy to reach up to and hold in our hand when we are feeling a bit overwhelmed. This amulet necklace reminds us to stop, take a breath and be in the moment. Spiritual jewelry is very meditative and grounding. The perfectly imperfect pearls and gemstones, are our calming connection to the earth and water. Legend has it that carnelian is said to attract prosperity and good luck and help keep us focused in the present moment. In ancient times, carnelian was known to be worn for motivation and endurance, leadership and courage.

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Wire work Up-cycled Glass Beads and Thai amulet.

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Timmy at Land of Medicine Buddha

Timmy at Land of Medicine Buddha

Crystals and Gemstones

The earthiness of raw, rough gemstones such as citrine, amethyst, and turquoise really call to me.  Each stone is said to be known for its unique properties of empowerment and intention, along with its own rich history.  While designing my jewelry I keep in mind the intention I would like to imbue in each piece, and create it accordingly. I meet many artists who love to wear gemstones that are known to enhance creativity, for example. Others are looking to enhance their spiritual connection through the vibration and energy of stones and crystals.

This bracelet features a raw amethyst and turquoise, draped with Peruvian opals and wire worked in vermeil. Amethyst worn on your wrist is said to help attract abundance and prosperity, Turquoise is a stone of protection and is known to improve communication. I added Peruvian opals to calm the mind and build a strong connection to the beauty and tranquility of the sea. This piece is a personal favorite, and was bought by a friend of mine. It lives in Los Gatos presently! 

You can look up  your favorite gemstones at Crystal Vault's Crystal Encyclopedia, it's truly amazing!