Reasons for Buying Custom Jewelry
People purchase jewelry for a myriad of reasons. Many of the custom jewelry requests I received over the years were simply expressions of ego, the most blatant example being the Omigod Ring.
Sometimes people buy jewelry as expressions of love. Perhaps jewelry is bought to alleviate guilt. Lust can also be quite the motivation for a jewelry purchase.
A sheer love of gemstones and precious metal design can inspire the buyer. In most cases though, a blend of reasons generates the desire for jewelry.
However, the most moving custom jewelry pieces I have made were for people trying to heal their grief. From time to time individuals come to me to have a special ring or pendant made to replace the wedding ring from a deceased spouse.
Jewelry for the Grieving
These are delicately sensitive projects which touch my heart. Usually the person has worked through some of their grief and is ready to attempt moving into a new cycle after the loss of their partner.
We talk about the design of the piece, incorporating whatever symbols or stones are important to the individual. I am good at listening to someone, asking questions, and working with them until I know what will please them, even if they still do not know.
Some of these creations are quite unusual, such as the skull and crossbones ring I made for a man whose wife had died a year earlier. After thirty years I have encountered about everything possible in jewelry, but that one even startled me.
He was a Harley biker, which explained a lot. He also saw the beauty in the planes and forms of skull bones, which I also happen to appreciate from a sculptural standpoint. When completed the ring was quite handsome in its sculptured form.
Energy Healing in Jewelry
Jewelry can readily be energized by the intentions of the person creating it. After learning Reiki this also began to happen spontaneously. After all, I create jewelry with my hands and the hands naturally radiate Reiki, a form of life force energy which is quite clean.
So this was not really too surprising a development. I began to work with it more consciously as I watched it happening when I was at the bench.
A lovely woman who had lost her husband was quite responsive to this idea and even would visit the gallery from time to time to have me do more Reiki on her ring. Most jewelers offer free cleaning to their clients, but I don’t know any others who offer free Reiki for the jewelry!
Dragonflies and Healing Through Jewelry
Today I spoke with a mother who lost her grown son in an unexpected accident. Her pain is immense and for her the symbol of the dragonfly brings hope. She wants to have a ring made with a dragonfly she can wear for the rest of her life.
We have not discussed energy healing and it may never come up in our conversations. But I know when people come to me for such work, they are really looking for a healing in the form of jewelry. On some level they are drawn to me because they know I will energize that healing in their special jewelry project.
I was so touched by this woman’s heartfelt story I know the energy will be strong in this dragonfly ring when I create it. This energy will not be my personal energy, but a greater energy that comes from divine source which I invite to move through me into the ring.
The ring cannot remove the immensity of her loss, but I am honored to be of service in bringing healing energy into her special ring. This dragonfly will express the beauty and strength of the heart, which is both nothing and everything when measured against the loss of a son.
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