First Post of 2020: A Quick Reflection
Happy New Year!
Since this is my first post for 2020 (yep....a month late) I figured I'd make it a reflective one. This post is a response to the Jewelry Artisan's Community 2020 Blog Carnival. While I'm late, (this was supposed to be for January!) I managed to get the piece done. The topic was "favorite piece and why".
(The Jewelry Artisan's Community is a small and talented group of ladies who accepted me into their wonderfully supportive community last year.)
My Favorite Piece
I like to stop on occasion and reflect on where I am at and how I got there. With jewelry, one of my favorite ways of doing this is by examining my favorite pieces from over the years.
I have many pieces that I can say are my favorites...each one crafted with love, care, and skill. But one piece, in particular, holds a special place above the rest. It's a symbol of the ambition, pride, and joy I have in jewelry making. It's where the dream of this shop began. It's the first piece of semi-precious jewelry I made.
It's a Jade Serpentine necklace made with sterling silver and peridot accents. In the photo above you can see the tarnish on the silver bits as I haven't cleaned it a long time. You can also see my feeble attempt at wire-wrapping a bail of some sort to hang the hand-carved pendant. Despite its imperfections, I was beyond proud of this piece and I still am!
It was made from my first big order of gemstone beads and sterling silver findings. This piece paved the way to many things: my first local artisans fair where I tried selling jewelry I had made; my passion and fascination with gemstones and crystals; and my desire to learn as much as I could about jewelry making.
I received a lot of compliments on this piece but it never sold. But I'm glad it didn't because it's a special reminder of my humble beginnings in beading and jewelry making which led me here to owning this shop.
That being said, I will keep the lessons this piece taught me at the forefront as I continue on my jewelry journey this year.
Have a wonderful 2020!