Hello and welcome to my first blog in October. Want to know what's in jewelry wise whether for you or for gifts? It's good to be in the Know. I have done the research so you don't have to, to keep up with latest trends from off the runways.
First, I need to mention chokers. The 90's are back in many ways Fashion, and so are chokers in all widths, especially ultra-feminine chokers. Chokers can be layered with longer necklaces too, since the layered look has translated from the summer trends and continues to be a main style. So whether you wear a choker alone or layer it, sing Pearl Jam and take a trip down memory lane, recalling what you were doing in the 90's. (or maybe not!)
Second, Earth Elements are super big. We are talking Geodes and large chunky stones, as well as raw, unfinished stones for that added bit of color. Wear as a statement piece as shown here or in large groupings or multi stones... the rawer the better.
Girls with Pearls are all the rage. Earrings, necklaces, you name it, pearls are a thing. Pearls have always finished off a look, selling elegant maturity and fueling our nostalgia for the less frenetic time of the 1950's. But when it comes to what's trending in the 21st century, images of women in poodle skirts and housewives in heels and pearls strands are thrown to the wind. What lands is a hip, chic look that all ages can embrace.
The fourth trend to share is….big rings. One or layered, the bigger the ring the better. So glad I have some new rings on hand to show you (no pun intended) and hope this trend continues because who doesn’t love a great ring?
These trends and more can be seen on my website, www.gillianhurrie.com. Be sure to look on the New Tab to see the most recent pieces added.
Namaste and talk soon,
PERIDOT-Magnesium Iron Silicate Mineral
Key Words: Prosperity, Well-Being, Positivity, Health
Chakras: Solar Plexus (3rd), Heart (4th)
Welcome to my blog and this month's addition- the gorgeous, bright green Peridot.
Emotional: Since ancient times, Peridot has been a symbol of the sun. This August birthstone promotes independence, prosperity, and personal growth. Its healing energies bring an inner sense of warmth and well-being. Think the word Increase; increasing health, joy and well-being, financial success. Peridot is full of positivity, spiritual and financial abundance. Use it also to remove obstacles you may have to receive, release anger and fear promote forgiveness and generally rejuvenate your energy (prana).
Physical: Good for all heart related imbalances, recovery of tobacco addiction, cleansing for blood and better oxygenation. Peridot aids healing in the area of the liver as it stimulates metabolism and helps to detox.
PERIDOT MEDITATION: Sit in a comfortable position with your spine long and shoulders back, eyes closed. Be quiet and focus on slowing your breath. After a few minutes open your eyes and look down on the Peridot stone you may be holding in your hand. Notice the bright green…..slow your breathing down by breathing in through your nose for four counts, hold for a count, then exhale through your nose for four counts. Hold for a count, and repeat for approximately three to four full breath cycles.
Breathe in. Imagine your heart area filling with health, happiness. Imagine it as a warmth that surrounds your heart, your lungs, and finally your entire torso. Use your imagination to feel yourself rise up above so you can look down at yourself objectively, and see the brilliant light that is you. Notice there is no room for jealously, anger, fear, resentment, sadness.
As you remain perched above yourself, envision abundance in any form you are wanting- financial prosperity, love, good health- flowing your way. Notice how you embrace these riches and your light gets brighter and brighter. You are deserving of all good things. The darkness abates. The sadness is gone. There is only light and love and utter joy. As you focus back on your physical body, remind yourself that you are independent and strong. You understand that the past is long gone, and you have everything you need to thrive. You are motivated. You are active. You are joyful.
Thanks for reading. You can see a few Peridot jewelry pieces I have here.
Namaste and Be Well,
It’s been a while since I have been in touch. Yet know friends, that I have been thinking and creating and working toward future shows! But I wondered while making my pieces, what are the trends for summer jewelry? And as I began to explore a few months ago there were some stand outs. Of course, we know a major component of jewelry wearing is to emphasize your individual style. But it is good to be a little ahead when purchasing, whether for you or someone else. So I will share some of them for you so you are in the KNOW.
Number 1: Simplicity
Jewelry is getting smaller. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? I know, big statement jewelry is still here but in addition there has been made room for their simpler, more refined, lost cousins. Think simplicity- one pendant hanging from a long chain necklace, or elegant hoop earrings. Paola de Luca, creative director and forecaster for Italy-based Trendvision Jewelry, says: ….”the complexity of modern life creates the need for simplicity. For the minimalist consumer, fluid lines, airy designs, and lightweight pieces with touches of diamonds and semiprecious stones meet layered designs, including abstract patterns cut out with alternative materials or metal.”
Number 2: Layering
Did you catch that? Layered designs are hot. You can still make a statement with big jewelry, but now a large draping necklace is replaced with layering lightweight and minimalistic pieces. It’s achieving the same look with less physical weight, creating uncomplicated jewelry that is still attractive and original.
Number 3: Chokers
It’s all about the choker, or resemblance of. Hitting anywhere around the neck as a choker necklace or above the décolletage, this necklace demands attention, and offers face-framing flattery all at once. What I like about the choker is that one can easily layer with it, and you can evoke a sexy, fun look right away.
Number 4: Ear Candy
Large or small dangles, you’ll see more color than ever before, statement earrings, and fun, whimsical looks. So if you don’t like necklaces here is your opportunity to wear earrings to complete your Look. And in the summer, frame your face and go bold with great ear candy.
Number 5: Industrial Revolution
Chain necklaces, metal components mixed with crystals and pearls for a softer edge....it's modern vintage in its rawest form. What I love about this mix is that it marries rough and delicate to create a killer mood. Go for oxidized metals, such as oxidized sterling silver for an antiqued look.
Click here to see options in my jewelry collection for these styles.
You've heard of Malas; your yoga teacher or yogi friend is sporting one around his/her neck...but why? Read on for your guide to determine: what is a Mala? How do I choose a Mala? And then what do I do with it?!
You may see malas worn on wrists or necks of jewelry lovers and yogis too. But traditionally, the mala was first created in India 3000 years ago and has roots in Hinduism and Buddhism. A mala, Sanskrit word for “garland," is a string of beads with sometimes 1 bigger bead also known as the Guru bead. This bead is the starting and ending point of each set of japa. Originally, mala, or prayer, beads were used for a special style of meditation called Japa, which means, “recitation.” So, malas are prayer beads used for meditation. You could also recite a mantra, often thought of as a chant, word or words that are meaningful to the user. It is believed that a prayer should be recited 27, 54 or 108 times. Similarly, malas have 27, 54 or 108 beads. You can use the mala to focus on reciting your prayer/mantra/intention without having to count.
However, you will see them everywhere now as part of fashion, jewelry trend, and a way for people to show their connection to and honor the yoga lifestyle. And really, they have been worn by yogis and spiritual seekers from around the world for thousands of years.
HOW DO I CHOOSE A MALA?
When selecting a mala, be clear on what your intention is, and use your intuition over your intellect. You may want to try out each mala for a few repetitions to see how it feels to you and choose the one that feels like it fits best for you. You can also chose beads/stones with the healing energies of the intentions you want to meditate on or simply work on in your life. For example-- rose quartz for love, amethyst for protection or overcoming addiction, etc. Sit and meditate with it and with intention choose your mantra. Know that you will repeat this mantra/intention/prayer 108 times, for each bead.
(See some mala examples here.)
NOW THAT I HAVE ONE, WHAT DO I DO WITH IT?
Hold your mala in your right hand and use your thumb to “count” each prayer/mantra by touching the bead during the recitation and then move to the next bead. The index finger is extended and should not touch the mala. The large bead should not be counted or touched by the thumb and is used as a starting and ending point of the recitation.
Bracelet Mala: If you have a wrist mala of 27 beads you will need to repeat this 3 more times. Continue by pulling the beads and going backwards until you have done 108 repetitions.
To empower the mala and the mantra used, practice this each day for 40 continuous days. When the mala becomes empowered it can be worn or lightly placed on oneself or others to transmit the energy of the mantra as well as the energetic qualities of the mala.
When not in use, store your mala in a special, clean and preferably sacred space. I have also heard that once a mala is used for a specific prayer/mantra/intention, it should not be used again for another. Rather, one should have a new one for the new prayer. However I can't find anywhere to verify this.
I welcome your comments!
And reach out if you would like us to create your own custom mala.
I hope this information educates you and at least sparks your interest. Take care and stay healthy!
When I recently received an industry jewelry magazine that came my way in the mail, I almost tossed it. But breezing through, something caught my eye. There was an article on the creation of a fashion color palette every season! (That is, fall and spring). No I am not making this up. This fashion color palette which you can see in the image, is decided by the Patone Color Institute, who according to their website, "provides color trend forecasting, brand color development supported by brand color stories, and product palette development. We help companies make the most informed decisions about color for their brands or products to gain a competitive edge."
Who knew?! I must be really late to the party to have not seen this. And people are getting paid to create this forecasting? Pretty amazing.
As a jewelry designer who likes to stay on trend, I like the sound of this! So I chose to bring this up for my first blog in April. Although I would like to talk diamonds, April's birthstone, I don't use them in my designs. So let's venture off to the wide wide world of color, specifically gemstone colors.
The first is of course, "Rose Quartz" Magically I had made a Mala /bracelet design earlier this year with Labradorite and Rose Quartz together. (See the mala here)
I love the soft, airy pink color of Rose Quartz. It is a great spring color and easy to match to.
What are healing energies of rose quartz?
My favorite necklace right is my druzy necklace which picks up the "Snorkel" blue color nicely. And I intend to mix it up with the "Serenity" color soon. They create such a calming, soothing affect on me, these colors.
"Limpet Shell" is so serene and is a big seller when it comes to jewelry of all kinds. It is the color of the water I swam in when I went to Tahiti many years ago......unbelievable until you see it with your own eyes. So I created a necklace which is part of my new spring/summer collection.
The other colors in the palette are all great, so I better get back to creating and making. And thank goodness there's someone to guide me along!
With warmth, humor and a bit of humility,
HEMATITE-iron oxide mineral
Key Words: Grounding, Balance, Clarity
Chakras: Root (1st); Magnetic Hematite-all
Affirmation: I am grounded, balanced and clear as to where I am headed.
Hi again and welcome to my blog, this time about one of my faves, Hematite. I love Hematite. It is a rich, steel/silver-grey color that is slightly heavier to the touch and matches every stone I pair it with. But what it can possibly do healing-wise is even more potent, so read on.
Emotionally, Hematite is known as the "Stone of the Mind" and is most effective for grounding your body, bringing you down from feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and frazzled. It helps to generate a meditative state, paving the way for grounding, tranquility emotional and mental clarity. It decreases negativity and can help balance the body/mind/spirit. Seen as having both male and female polarities, it creates a balanced energy, toward unity and enlightenment.
Physically, it is detoxing and believed to support the liver, blood ailments and iron absorption. Magnetic Hematite is good for muscle injuries and pain relief It is often made into jewelry with the sole purpose to encourage better circulation and spine alignment.
Some of us, myself included, with cold hands and feet, may find some relief while wearing Hematite, as it may help blood circulation.
Now about meditation with this stone~Don’t let meditation intimidate you! Try this simplified meditation I created. Have Hematite in hand or near by, if you have it, but you don’t need it to get the benefits.
Meditation with Hematite: Close your eyes and place one hand on your heart, one hand on your belly. Start taking deeper breaths, expanding your belly with each inhale and fee and connecting with your heart mindfully with each exhale. Continue this for many breaths until you start to feel more centered and relaxed.
Imagine your breath pumping your life force, or prana, through your veins. Focus on what a healthy, warm body would feel like. See in your minds’ eye your own healthy cells, iron rich blood, and vitality in a never ending cycle of rhythm and flow. Everything inside you is in a constant state of motion as it warms and nurtures you. Your blood flow is rich and cleansing. Your mind is sharp and focused. There is no negativity. You are your liver, your lungs, your heart. You are your skin, your bones, your joints. You are healthy and whole. Continue to breathe deeply into your hands, allowing your spine to grow longer and stronger. You radiate health. You have color in your cheeks, warm hands, warm feet, and the warmest heart.
Place your hands in your lap and continue now to breathe normally, opening your eyes and tuning back into your environment.
Thanks for reading and click here if you want to see some of my jewelry with Hematite.
Key Words: Attraction and Creativity
Elements: Earth, Fire
Chakras: Root (1st), Sacral/ Sexual/Creative (2nd), Solar Plexus (3rd)
Affirmation/Mantra for January/Garnet: "I am attracting what I need in abundance."
The word Garnet is taken from the Latin granatum, meaning pomegranate. Think of the most common Garnet color (dark red), and you can visualize pomegranate seeds. Because this fruit contains an enormous amount of seeds, it is regarded as a symbol of fertility, prosperity, and abundance. What better stone to begin the year with?! This stone is usually red in color but can also be green, black, and pink. For our purposes I will talk about the Spessartine Garnet.
Emotional: Garnet is a powerful stone to attract what you want. Use it to create, visualize, and attract dreams, aspirations, and goals. It can bring insight where there is chaos, providing a feeling of awareness, purpose, and vitality, thus simultaneously eliminating emotional stuck places. It stimulates the kundalini energy for health and well being. Let it fire up the root chakra to attract passion, prosperity, and new beginnings. It is an excellent stone to have when moving to a new location or changing jobs as it brings out your best qualities so you can attract new friends, associates, and like-minded individuals.
Physical: Infertility (use to help with pregnancy but also think of it in terms of giving birth to a new idea, creative project, new focus). It can help with weight loss. Garnet can also accelerate wound healing and works as an anti-inflammatory.
Meditation with Garnet: Sitting quietly and focusing on the beauty of the stone, slow your breathing down by taking a breath in through your nose for four counts, hold for a count, then exhale through your nose for four counts. Repeat for approximately three to four full breath cycles. When your breathing has slowed down to a comfortable rhythm, close your eyes if they aren't already closed.
Next, visualize any goal or aspiration you hold in your heart right now. Take it on, own it, see yourself already having achieved it. How does it feel in your head? In your heart? Your stomach? Make the choice to see yourself in something new, something vibrant. See yourself fully able and open to attract all that you wish for. Know that often what we want isn't what we need and stay open also to this.
Continue to meditate whenever you are in need of awareness, new purpose, stimulation of new ideas, energy, and well being.
Click here to view jewelry with garnets.
It’s been one year today since our beloved puppy, Brody, died at 18 months old.
From the start Brody was full of energy, loving, and curious. He was also anxious, jumpy, and always trying to escape the house. He was delivered to us via plane from Texas one May day in 2013, 8 weeks old and cute as a button. My daughter Jocelyn showed me his picture one day on a breeder site, after months of pouring through many dog pictures, proclaiming, “He’s the one Momma!” And he was. Our family welcomed him home, placing his small crate in the backyard and allowing him to come out and explore his new surroundings. Jason, my son, named him after a democratic name-in-the-hat…his name won. So he became our labradoodle, Brody.
He instantly fit into our family’s lifestyle, running to the door when he heard the bus delivering the kids home from school, bounding out of the car for long walks in the woods, learning new tricks from Jeff, my husband. He was a treasure. But I will tell you that I was not a dog lover. I grew up with cats. Brody was my first dog and yet I instantly fell in love with him. He was a best friend as dogs are; all the clichés ran true. He won my heart.
But getting Brody to come back to the house once out was a chore. He was a free spirit and his puppy energy would take over. He would amble about, always stretching his playtime out to the last minute. As soon as he discovered an open door, out he would run, to where it didn’t matter. Perhaps looking for other dogs to play with, or new smells to encounter. Training helped but he continued to escape from the house, sometimes in dangerous situations where I found myself running down our street to catch him. To him it was all natural, playtime. To me it was frustrating and often times, scary and stressful.
On November 4, 2014 when he was just 18 months old, I took him for a drive. It was to be a short drive, a few errands. He loved car rides and I was apt to take him whenever I could. I didn’t even tell my husband I was leaving for I intended to be back home shortly.
Brody saw another dog at one destination, took advantage of my misplaced trust and lack of keeping him tied up in the back seat, and jumped from the window as I parked. The rest was brutal, an experience of frustration as I frantically called him back to me. But he was determined to play, to run, to be himself.
The truck passed by quickly, perhaps a little too fast- the rest a perfect storm of timing. He darted away from me as I ran toward him, drifting into the busy street and he was almost instantly killed. I won’t describe the impact on his body or the way I saw him sail through the air, landing under a lamp post, silent and still. The rest of the story is heart wrenching, a mix of driving to the animal hospital, where the doctor sadly looked at me and said “I am so sorry; there is nothing more I can do.” The look on her face, calling my husband in a flood of tears, holding his still-warm body one last time; it is forever imprinted in my memory bank.
This experience I share as a testament of learning self-forgiveness. The what ifs continued in my mind for months. Would haves, could haves, should haves- I beat myself up trying to bring him back. The ladybug we found on his fur minutes after his passing provided some relief in that I had a symbol to hold. Ladybugs teach life is short, to let go of ones' worries and fears, to trust in spirit and enjoy life. The ladybug symbol brings the gifts of renewal and regeneration. The message of the Ladybug could be asking you to “Let go and let God.”
So this too is what I have done, to celebrate his short life, his specialness. He taught me to let go of the what ifs and to focus instead on his valuable time spent in our lives. He taught me to forgive myself for the things I have not yet learned but will. Someone suggested I replace my last horrible image of him with something more happy and positive. I now picture his dog soul rising from that still body, metamorphosing into millions of lady bugs flying high into the sky, naturally free and curious.
Welcome to the month of September! This month holds a lot of transition for most of us. Think about it; what other month holds so much change: in routine, in weather, within your family dynamic?
Rather than resist, embrace this beautiful opportunity to change it up for yourself! Bring on some emotional healing, some new thoughts to break habits, to open up, to look inside and cleanse yourself inside out. Quoting the great, late Wayne Dyer, "Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process your life as it is, rather than as you think is should be." The words emotional healing can scare away many of us because it often means unpeeling your feelings like an onion, diving into deeper places which you may have never uncovered or even realized were present. But this is the work your hear yoga teachers mentioning. We deepen our yoga practice with it. We face what is here, what is now, what is in front of us knocking at the door. Finding and removing the emotional stuck stuff can bring the greatest rewards in your life, bringing you a sense of lightness and freedom. Some pain can be dropped quickly and some can take years to fully release. There really is no right or wrong, and there certainly is no timetable involved.
The beautiful semi-precious stone, Green Amethyst (yes there is a green form!) is lovely to wear during this time of transition and just happens to look beautiful with autumn's color scheme.
GREEN AMETHYST (Prasiolite)-Silicon dioxide mineral, member of Quartz family
Key Words: Heart Awakening, Self-Acceptance, Compassion for self and others
Chakras: Heart (4th), Crown (7th), Third Eye (6th), Solar Plexus (3rd)
Emotional: Green Amethyst is a bridge between the lower chakras (more physical life concerns) and higher chakras (higher, spiritual existence). It is a heart chakra stone, so it will raise inner vision, and allow the heart to rule both thoughts and actions in life. It ultimately awakens the heart to receive love, share love, and is a "Stone of Namaste", reminding us to recognize Divine Spirit in all living things.
Physical: Aids digestion, heart issues, may help with eating disorders
Take time to feel the fresh cooling air of Autumn; breath it all in. This is your time to waken and find that what you seek, may be already seeking you.
See all my jewelry containing Green Amethyst here.
Are you drawn to Amethyst? There is good reason. Amethyst is a quartz, semi-precious stone. It ranges from light pink to deep purple, indigo and violet, with violet bringing the highest vibration. It is also the traditional birthstone for February. The name comes from Greek ἀ a- ("not") and μέθυστος méthystos ("intoxicated"). It makes sense then, that Ancient Greeks wore amethyst and made drinking vessels decorated with it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication. Perhaps this is why Amethyst is often used to recover from addictions and bad habits that generally cause imbalance and negativity.
Key Words for Amethyst are: Protection, Spirituality, and Addiction Release.
The chakras related are: Third Eye (6th) and Crown (7th).
What is special about this stone? Emotionally, it is considered the Stone of the Mind, leading to a more meditative state by calming the monkey mind. It will allow you to gain insight and clarity both in mind and body. Amethyst is a stone of purification and spiritual protection and expansion. Use it to aid in overindulgence and physical addictions. It wards off negativity. Use during meditation to bring clarity to imbalance caused by destructive behaviors and thoughts.
Physically, Amethyst is also great to combat insomnia, brain function and balance, and nerve disorders. It is also believed to strengthen the immune system and help heal imbalances of the respiratory tract and skin.
In Feng Shui, amethyst is used for its purification qualities, as well as its ability to connect to a higher vibrational energy. It can be used to calm the emotions in a household where there are excessive arguments. It can also help with study and learning.
It is an excellent feng shui cure for the following areas: Northeast (Spiritual Growth and Self-Cultivation, Southeast (Wealth and Abundance), as well as South (Light Within/Fame & Reputation). You can also place a small amethyst cluster in your child’s room, office, or even living room. If you are going thru an intensely emotional, rocky time in your life, you can put amethyst in your pocket (a small polished rock), and also in your car.
To see Amethyst in my jewelry collection, click here.
Sources: Gillian Hurrie, Rodika Tchi, Feng Shui Expert
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