It's not just about the stone when you buy a piece of my jewellery. At least, not to my mind. Energy is in everything - literally, we are all made up of it - and the conscious energy of the intimate and immaculate design of life weaves through all.
Metal is from the earth (sometimes from outer space), just like stones. And just like stones, they have their own healing qualities, even physically so in their chemistry, though I tend to work with their energetic properties more. But the two are never separate.
Known as carrying the energy of Venus, this is a powerful conductor of electricity, used to direct lightning, and in countless industrial products we use. It is the earliest known metal to be used by humans (IRO 9000 years ago). I use copper when I want an oomph to any magickal or energetic work I'm doing, from healing to channelling. Because it's a good conductor, it can help you be a good conduit. (It doesn't do any of this on its own - just like stones and crystals, you have to consciously work with their vibration.) Copper can encourage love, can be used in all issues of lust and the womb; feminine balancing, clearing, and strength.
In terms of wiring, brass can be more tricky to work with as it's a little less malleable. On a physical level, it has lower conductivity than copper, but it's still good. The beautiful thing about brass - energetically - is that it's warming. It's a lovely heart metal. Think of brass instruments and how you have to use your lungs to work them. That entire area from your throat to your stomach gets a workout. Brass is good for familial and societal nurturing, bringing communities and people together, encouraging synchronicity and partnership, bringing hope and happiness... I actually love it quite a lot, and don't use it as often as I should in wiring. I'll make it a point to.
Aluminium is an interesting metal. Its energy tends to be of a higher vibration than one might expect. It speeds things up, and is quite a joyful, yet calming metal, that is a good conductor of energy and flexible both physically and energetically. It's connected to the number 13. It's probably the most common metal found in the earth, and its found easily at the top of the earth's crust. In terms of wiring, it's the easiest wire to use - so light and very, very flexible. Its often used as a beginner's wire for jewellery making as its very forgiving of mistakes. And of course, it doesn't tarnish as easily as other metals. You can bend thicker wires easily with aluminium, so it can be great for wiring larger stones. Personally, I like it less for wiring because I miss the weight of the other metals, but energetically, its an aid to transformational work - shadow work, transmutation, death and rebirth - and has a very "whatever will be, will be" feel about it; it helps you find balance when things are a little pressured. Just like brass, I should probably work with it more.
Loved by so many people, there are many different qualities and finishes to silver, from Tibetan silver, to antique silver, the famous Sterling Silver, and the very high quality "fine silver" (very pure), the last two being the most expensive. Silver is a moon metal, and a goddess metal (often used for night goddess, or dark goddess work) carrying the principle of the feminine, like copper. Whereas copper is a more present energy, silver aids in past life and inner-child work, helping to heal traumas and old wounds. Silver works well for ancestral work (as does gold), as well as dreamwork, journeying, and meditative states.
The regal metal. The metal of Leo and lions, crowns and kings. Gold has been held in high value by the human species ever since it was discovered, and no one knows exactly when that was, although we do know the Romans and ancient Egyptians prized it. There is record of fine gold jewellery made by the ancient Mesopotamians nearly 3000 years ago. There is a long-held association between gold and the sun. Alchemically and in Latin its known as Aurum, which means yellow - and Aurora in ancient Roman means "morning glow" and also refers to "the eastern country" or the direction of the east, where the sun rises. Energetically, it aids you with ascensional work, higher consciousness work, and higher spiritual attainment. The halos of saints and enlightened beings (their aura) were all depicted as golden. It's also a very cleansing metal, and purifying. Gold wire for jewellery (usually bought as 24 carat) is expensive, just like 924 Sterling Silver, and fine silver.
Not used so much in jewellery - unless very cheap fashion jewellery - is tin, stainless steel, and steel alloys. Sometimes, though they are used to make jewellery findings because they're so cheap, plentiful, and don't tarnish as easily. They will each have their own energetic properties, too (tin is an interesting one), although I think I'll save that for another post, another time.
Rustic means simple. Rustic means natural and easy, and I strive to make it so, because there's not much that annoys me more than reaching into my jewellery kit and seeing silver that's gone black, and crystals that have browned where it meets the metal because glue has been used. Poor crystal! I make my pendants and necklaces so that I can wear them myself with ease and work with them energetically, so what follows is my simple guide for looking after them in the way I would (which is lazily).
All the wire I buy (except for Sterling Silver) is non-tarnish. Having said that, if you keep your jewellery in a damp place for a couple of years, the metal will likely tarnish, so don't do that. Store them all in a clean dry place. I like the jewellery boxes that have drawers and compartments, and some are even made with a silver-friendly material, too, that helps keep the silver glistening for longer. Where my copper has been coated with silver, this will definitely help.
Brush any debris off the pendants with a soft paintbrush, and smudge with a cleansing herb after a period of heavy wear, or whenever you think it could do with it. I like Rosemary, Lavender, and Sage smudge sticks for this. If you want to give the crystal a zing of energy, use a tuning fork or Tibetan bell over it and feel that resonance! Like it's dancing in the palm of your hand.
Leather and Cotton Cords as Necklaces
Don't worry if the cords are a bit bent from storage in their pouch when they arrive through your door. All you have to do is wear them for a few days and the warmth of your skin will straighten them out. The more you use leather and cotton, the easier they are to handle and the less stiff they become. Leather will last longer than cotton in terms of wear. They are usually finished with a bead and loop fastening, or a slip knot fastening where you can adjust the fit around your neck.
The most simple cord ever. You don't need to do anything - it just hangs and looks pretty. The fastenings I use tend to be the same as above: bead and loop, or slip knot.
For Casual Wear
I make my crystal pendants to look subtle as well as beautiful (with a rustic charm). This means you can wear them casually, every day, and in fact, I was initially inspired by beach & surf jewellery when I first start to make them, so that's still there as an inspiration behind what drives the look of some of my pieces: rustic and beachy; lazy cocktails on the sand under the shade of a palm tree while listening to waves gently roll in. Yep, that's the trick. And simple pieces on leather or good quality cotton can be worn in the surf, too. Naturally cleansing in so many ways. Just rinse the salt off with fresh water when you come out of the ocean.
For Evening Wear
Some of my more dainty, small pendants can easily be worn with an evening dress and looks stunning, as well as just that little bit different.
Store Away From Direct Sunlight
All crystals and stones like the sun a bit, but some of them - like Amethyst - will begin to lose their colour if direct sunlight catches them every day. And remember, crystals grow underground, so they like the dark for a rest-filled, strengthening recharge. So, get yourself a jewellery box, fill it with magick, and bring that magick out as and when you need it. Feeling regal? Lapiz Lazuli or Carnelian might resonate. Feeling sad? Go for Blue Lace Agate or Rose Quartz. Need some confidence? Citrine or Sunstone can help. And so on. Tap into the energy of the stone and see for yourself what it can do for you. We're all unique - stones will uniquely call to you and work with you as an individual. Use your intuition as to how stones can heal you. Your intuition won't let you down.
Love Your Crystals
Treat them like the special conscious crystalline beings they are, and they will love you right back and show you little miracles every day.
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