Luscious Metals ~ Luscious Light

February 25, 2015

The Amethyst Scarab

The Scarab

What do dreams mean?  Do any of you know?  In my experience,  the quality and quantity of my dreams really run the gambit.  Sometimes they’re a total blur, other times they’re vivid.  Sometimes I get distinct messages and sometimes they make no sense at all.  I do have reoccurring dreams.  Occasionally I have reoccurring dreams that take place in specific houses and then actually see those houses in real life (in places I’ve never been before).  No, really.  And I’ve been flying in dreams for as long as I can remember.  In fact, being able to fly in my dreams feels so very real to me that I’m actually surprised that I can’t manage to get lift off in my waking life.  So I think there something more to our dream states than most people are willing to see.

Throughout my coaching training and spiritual studies, I’ve heard it said that dreams are actually our lives happening in parallel dimensions or that we work on emotional pieces of our current lives that we aren’t capable of reaching when we’re conscious.  Both of those explanations make sense to me and then again, dreams might just be our subconscious running on autopilot.  And that makes sense to me too.  I suspect it’s a combination of all that with a few dashes of magic thrown in just for interest.

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This is Amy and she’s a painter and she’s the one who started this whole topic.  Her paintings are bright and vivid and have a very dream like quality to them.  I’m telling you this because this Scarab Amulet began as a literal dream.  My client Amy contacted me after having a dream about an Amethyst Scarab pendant.  There’s beautiful symbolism linked to the Scarab; they’re regarded as sacred in ancient Egypt and actually considered a symbol of infinite life.  The Scarab is also associated with sacred knowledge and astral travel.  Typically a Scarab is a beetle carved out of stone but in this case, I happened to have this amazing 14 carat faceted Amethyst already.  As soon as we began to discuss the idea of her pendant, this beautiful juicy stone popped into my head.  This Amethyst is seriously as big as a halved grape and it is every bit as luscious.

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Amethyst is the stone from her dream and it’s also Amy’s birthstone (it’s the stone for February).  Amethyst has some very distinct healing properties.  It is said that wearing an Amethyst can heighten your intuition and bring you a sense of inner peace and it’s also good to wear when you’re wanting to change old habits and patterns.  You’ll notice that there is also a tiny little blue sapphire set in the third eye position of the piece.  Sapphire is said to bring good fortune, heavenly insight and awareness.

In researching for this project, I got really excited because the symbolism of the Scarab itself (sacred knowledge, infinite life), the Amethyst stone (heightening of intuition), the blue sapphire (insight and awareness) and the inscription she chose (Infinite Love) all fit with each other so seamlessly.  She even thought up the idea in a dream (astral travel)!  We didn’t choose them to fit like that- they just did.  She came to me with her dream and ideas and I transformed them into a pendant and it was all totally synchronistic.   I chose the blue sapphire based on the color and she chose the inscription because of some work she’s been doing.  Never once did we get together and start looking for stones, ideas and words that fit a common theme.  This happens with myself and my clients all the time.  It’s as if the Universe has a certain idea or prompt if you will and the two of us work together to manifest it.

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If you want to work on creating a custom power Amulet for yourself, please send me a message at natha (at) lusciousmetals.com .  I have a really fun process that I use with my clients when we’re creating to help you get clear on what you want.  Know too that these pieces will hold the energy of your intentions so they are really quite powerful in helping you to create what you want (and what the Universe wants for you!)

 

February 20, 2015

Freedom…

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Blue Topaz can assist in opening up ones throat chakra, which in turn heightens the ability to communicate.  This makes it a very powerful stone to use when you wish to express yourself in a meaningful way, both when speaking and writing.  This is also a brilliant stone to use in guiding one to think more freely and easily.

So the word FREEDOM as  it turns out,  is such a fitting word to inscribe on this custom ring.  It really is a stone that represents the beautiful and liberating freedom of the voice and the mind.  In my coaching practice, I’ve noticed that more women than ever are exercising their voices, speaking about their experiences and asking for what they want and this relates very fluidly to the idea of freedom and “coming out of the closet” with who we really are.  As a designer, I have found that the majority of the orders I work on these days are custom amulets, so this ring is of course completely in alignment with what I see happening on a large scale.

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I loved creating this ring for Beth.  She came to my studio and actually chose the stone and the word long before we researched the symbolism, so learning about the healing properties of the stone really makes this ring even more powerful.  This stone is a rose cut London Blue Topaz, set in 18k gold bezel on reticulated silver.  There are 3 10k gold bolts and the band is set with 6 tiny 2mm stones in Emerald, Blue Topaz, Blue Sapphire, Zircon and Aquamarine.

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Beth came to me wanting to design a ring to celebrate her life as it looks these days.  Beth Walker is a well known makeup artist in the Denver area and quite often has photographs taken of her hands as she applies makeup to models.  Her rings get seen, if you know what I mean!  Because she’s a visual artist she expressed to me that it was very important to her that the things she wears are aesthetically beautiful and also that they make her feel good.  In designing this ring, she not only got to choose the colors, stones and metals that she was in love with, she also got to infuse the piece with the energy of the word FREEDOM.  Makes me want to take a deep breath and relax into that!   To see more of her work, go here.

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Designing power pieces for clients is something I feel very passionate about and I’m always delighted when I get to work on a new piece that I know is going to be very special and meaningful for that person.  If you have custom inquiries, please send me a message and I can answer any questions you may have.  Customer service (at) luscious metals.com

 

~Natha

February 3, 2015

The thing about roses…

Does anyone else out there have an interesting relationship with decisions?

I mentioned a few months ago that I was in a place of transition with my life and was going to shut the doors on Luscious Metals and moving into coaching full time.  And that seemed like the logical thing to do a few months ago when I wrote that post.  In fact, I spent the better part of the fall and holiday season, preparing for and talking about doing just that.  I was ready to close the business and start coaching and teaching classes full time.  Done deal.

A little disclaimer– I make slow decisions.  It’s not because I’m waiting for something better to come along, or that I put my head in the sand and avoid.  It’s more like… I can’t decide because I just don’t know.   I have to weigh the options and wait for the answers to appear and sometimes it takes a really long time.  I thought the answer had appeared (although on deeper inspection of that statement, no I didn’t.  I forced an answer because I thought it was the thing to do).  “Make a decision and stick with it!”  (Who did I learn that from?)  Fast forward into February and that super concrete, absolute,  precarious decision has changed a bit.  The truth is,  so did the information I was using to make the decision in the first place.  Am I making sense here?  Welcome to my world.  I always used to think I was a flake but it turns out, I’m just fluid.

So here we are, a whole month into this brand new year and I’ve been fluidly coaching classes AND running Luscious Metals and it’s actually working out nicely.   I’ve had a slew of the most amazing custom orders come across my bench and I’ve been loving creating again (as opposed to just doing production on existing designs.)

I’m launching another series of The Secret to Achieving Your Goals class.  This 12 week course is so phenomenal by the way- I am so honored to be teaching this class.  I’m watching women grow by leaps and bounds as they learn about themselves right before my very eyes, and that is exactly why I’m coaching.

So life is good and while there are still some major changes that will be happening, they are a few months off.  In the meantime, I feel like the chaos of last year has settled down and I’m settling into this dream life I’ve been working on creating.  Changes will come and decisions will be made and instead of rushing the process of any of it, I’m letting things unfold organically.  The most beautiful part of the rose isn’t necessarily the full bloom, every stage is amazing in its own right.  From seed to sprout, vine to bud to blossom… I’m enjoying it all.

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January 23, 2015

Intentional Charms

I haven’t been posting here as much as I’ve wanted to but sometimes life is like that.  There’s always an ebb and flow,  sometimes the tide is high and all you can do is watch; other times the tide is low and you have plenty of time to gather and create and act.  I’ve found that at least for me, I can’t predict what any given month will bring and I’m okay with that because I don’t like monotony anyway.

I wanted to share a really fun project I got to work on for an old friend.  She contacted me about making a charm bracelet.  Although she didn’t exactly say it in so many words, I think she wanted this piece to help re-inspire her.  I recognized in her description of what she wanted a yearning for something more, some deeper sense of meaning.  I think many of us reach a point in our lives where we’ve achieved so many of the things we aspired to, we’ve travelled, found love, given birth to children or careers and yet we find ourselves at a crossroads.  Knowing that we have it all and still longing for more, something we can’t quite put our fingers on.  It’s almost as if our lives “come up for review” and though it often feels painful and confusing, it gives us  the push we need to cultivate a deeper relationship with ourselves.

photo-4This bracelet has stones in the colors of a sunset and every charm (including a custom one we made for her) represents something specific to her and her life, something that she’s grateful for and inspired by.  There is so much power and energy in this piece and I truly believe it will help guide her in the next leg of her journey, as all amulets do.

December 3, 2013

This Homemade Life {review!}

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*photo courtesy of Alison Bickle

I read. A lot. I’m a link clicker and I’ve stumbled onto many a blog because of an intriguing headline but I have a short attention span so I rarely make my way back to a blog unless it’s something really special. When I came across This Homemade Life, I knew I had found a keeper. Alison Bickle, the writer and photographer has an aesthetic that matches mine, or what mine aspires to be anyway. Her blog is filled with clean, crisp pictures and short, less is more style posts about food, her children and “finding beauty in the everyday”. Noticing beauty and appreciating it is a standing intention of mine which made her writing all the more appealing to me. Without trying to be too gushy, Alison writes her blog in a way that makes life look elegant and easy and I bet if she lived closer, we would could easily hang out together.

To make a long story short, I read a post of hers that talked about a magical visit she and her family had in Boulder (where I live) and I felt called to approach her to see if she would partner with us for a giveaway. She said yes and the rest is history. She chose a Sweetheart Necklace in mixed metals and in true-to-form Alison, she wrote a lovely review about it. Take a read, enter the giveaway and spend some time there, looking at pictures and reading the stories. The giveaway is open until December 7th so hurry…

October 29, 2013

J Lounge

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So we’ve been celebrating the concept of real life beauty over the past few months. (Read the initial blog post about it here.) We’ve been asking for our customers to send in photos of themselves wearing pieces of our jewelry and posting them on facebook. The response has been huge (check out our facebook page to see who’s on it) and I think I can speak for all of us when when I say that we’ve been having a blast with the whole promotion. We’ve decided to take it a step further, and are working on a new concept where we’re partnering with local businesses by going to their location and taking photographs of the women who work there wearing our jewelry. The first store that we worked with is called J Lounge in Boulder. The owners Julie and Jen were kind enough to open their doors to us and our project and we absolutely LOVED working with this crew of cool chicks.
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First, a little about the spa. The J Lounge space is light and airy and sunny. They offer everything a girl could want: relaxing massage, any kind of facial you could possible need, stellar mineral makeup and application, natural nail services and honestly, the most down to earth staff you could hope for. This space and place is like one of my heaven-fairy-dream lands-with a cherry on top if you know what I mean. It’s tastefully decorated with the kinds of art that I wish I had in my own home, it’s bright and clean and because it’s set on a busy corner and has lots of windows, you get to watch the world go by as you relax. I always love places where I get to watch things happening. Plus, unlike some spas I’ve been to, the women who work there weren’t the least bit intimidating. When we got there to do the shoot, they had just had a staff meeting and the atmosphere among the women was easy with lots of laughing. They were all really excited to check out our jewelry and had so much fun deciding what pieces to wear for their individual shoots.

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It was a gorgeous day out, the energy was high yet relaxed and it was really fun to do this type of shoot because I got to watch each woman transform in front of the lens of the camera.
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Not everyone is comfortable getting their picture taken. We all come into the experience with a lot of judgements around how we look, shyness about smiling and opening up for the person behind the lens and just general trepidation about what is expected and the potential results (nobody likes a bad photo of themselves!) It was no different working with this group but while they were all hesitant at first, by the end of each individual shoot, the girls were laughing and cracking jokes with me.
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You can see it in all of these photos too, they all have their own personalities that they’re letting shine through but most of all, they all have a lightness in their eyes don’t they? That is what real life beauty is all about!
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As I was outside shooting the ladies, Whitney was inside helping them try on and play with the jewelry. We got great shots of everyone wearing the pieces and of course we were tickled that they all had such high compliments for us and had so much fun trying on the jewelry.
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Jen and Julie liked the Spellbound and Star Rings so much, that they ordered a handful of them to sell in the store.
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Keep an eye on on the Luscious Metals facebook page as we will be featuring individual close up shots of each girl in their sparkly jewels in the coming weeks. Be sure to check out the J Lounge facebook page as well for specials and announcements and what not. >

Oh and more more (major!) thing: they were also gracious enough to invite us for a trunk show during their happy hour on Thursday Nov 14 from 3-6 where they offer a sweet deal on a mani-pedi combo, a makeup touch up and something to sip.
If you’re in the Boulder area, come see us there!
Nov. 14th 3-6pm
JLOUNGE NATURAL NAIL BAR AND SPA
3003 WALNUT STREET
BOULDER, COLORADO 80301

October 24, 2013

8 Pointed Star Week and lots of excitement!

There’s such a good story behind our 8 Point Star necklace and Uncommon Goods thinks so too. Do you know about the cool online catalog called Uncommon Goods? If you don’t, it’s high time you do. We just made the final rounds for the Uncommon Goods Jewelry Contest and we’re pretty excited! Our 8-pointed Star is the piece that made the cut- Check it out and vote for us!
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Our 8 Pointed Star holds a special place in my heart. The very first one I made, left on a journey, venturing out into the wide wide world and ultimately came back home, content to live out his days in familiar surroundings (read the story here…)

When we made the finals in the contest, Emily, our liaison with Uncommon Goods asked me to write a short product story about the necklace and it got me to thinking. As most of you know, I’ve been designing intentional jewelry from the beginning. I became particularly interested in symbolism when I started to pay attention to the way the world presented itself to me. I’ve had so many different phases in my life where things showed up repeatedly. Sometimes it was a certain animal or shape, other times it was a name or a song or an object. It started off years ago when I was in Mexico on my honeymoon. A big fat Raven came and landed on my chair and looked me straight in the eye for 20 seconds. It was an intense, heartfelt connection and neither of us moved. When he finally flew away, I turned to my husband and said that bird was trying to tell me something. Later that day at an internet cafe, I checked my email and found that my dear Grandpa Dan had died hours before. I knew without a doubt that the Raven had been bringing me that message. I’ve often felt like it may have been the spirit of my Grandpa coming to say goodbye. I continued to see ravens throughout the whole trip and still do actually. They hold a special place in my heart. Many years later, when I told the story to a friend, she told me to look up the symbolism of Ravens and sure enough, it resonated completely. From that point on, I became fascinated with the signs and signals the universe was constantly sending me.

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Love this Raven from Trumbly Designs on Etsy

Back to the 8 Pointed Star. A few years ago, I started seeing this star everywhere. I had never even known there was an 8 pointed star until suddenly, it was everywhere I looked. When I researched the symbolism, this is what I found:

The Eight Pointed Star is an ancient and universal symbol, as well as the first compass in the history of humanity. It guides your way to a new life, giving you clarity of vision to see the future through a lens of hope, healing and beauty. It also bestows nurturing energies. A symbol of optimism, 8 pointed star assures you that unexpected help is coming and serves to help bring about a renewal of good fortune in the material world.

I fell in love with the meaning and like all good artists do when they’re inspired; I decided to make a piece of jewelry using the symbol. It turned out beautifully and then I forgot about it. If you read the earlier post I talked about above, you know that I sold it and it was gone. I didn’t think anything of it until a few months later, I got very ill. It was some kind of flu and after 2 weeks, it wasn’t getting better. I was sick, depressed and totally fearful. I couldn’t get out of bed, I couldn’t take care of my kids and I couldn’t work. It was devastating and I had no idea what I was going to do. I dragged myself to the doctor (again) and as I was sitting in the examination room on the verge of breakdown, I looked up and saw a beautifully framed Tarot card hanging on the wall. The Star Card.
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I was so touched that I got teary. Because I knew the symbolism of that particular star (notice 8 of them on this card), I knew that it was another message from the universe to have hope and that everything was going to be just fine. Relief.

So you see, when Whitney and I started developing the Divine ~ Align Collection, in which every piece holds a specific symbolic meaning, I knew we had to include an 8 pointed Star. I knew that we needed to offer a piece that our customers could wear to remind them to have hope and trust that they were indeed taken care of and that everything would ultimately turn out just fine. Looks like it was a good idea!

Now, don’t forget to click through to Uncommon Goods and vote for us and our little star! Thank you!

~ Natha

October 15, 2013

Host a Trunk Show

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We are currently booking Luscious Metals trunk shows for the holiday season. Maybe you’d like to host one? If you live in the Denver/Boulder/Front Range (ish-y) area, and are considering having your girlfriends over for something holiday-esque or you work in an office that could use an exciting lunch hour activity or you just need an excuse to have a party and show off your cool taste in handmade earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces and the fact that you know (or will know, after you’ve had us at your party) some fun jewelry designers, then let’s talk trunk shows!

Here’s how it works:

1. You decide to host a party (gathering, trunk show, exhibit, office shin-dig, whatever)
2. You invite your friends
3. We show up with jewelry, displays and everything else that we need to create a pop-up store.

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What’s in it for you?

1. We specially price the pieces we sell at your trunk show. The pieces we bring to show and sell are typically marked down between 20% and 30% so you can promise your guests quite the deal!*

2. We bring pieces from collections that you can find online as well as well as a number of one-of-a-kind pieces. We tend to have a lot of pieces in stock that never go on the website because that’s one of our favorite ways to work.

3. When you host the trunk show, you receive an automatic $125 credit towards any jewelry we bring and for every $500 your friends purchase, you receive another $50 in credit.

4. The jewelry you and your friends choose will be available the night of the show, cash (or cc) and carry. Unless you order something custom, please expect to be taking home your goodies that very night!

*If you are a retail store and are considering hosting us at a trunk show, our policies on discounting pieces and jewelry credits in exchange for sales vary a little so please email us at customerservice[at]lusciousmetals.com and we can email you our wholesale/consignment policies as they relate to in-store trunk shows.

If you want to host a show- email me at natha@lusciousmetals.com and we can discuss dates!

September 26, 2013

What is Beautiful?

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Natha and Whitney modeling pieces from Divine ~ Align
If you’ve ever flipped through and looked at the pieces on our website, you’ve seen that we don’t hire professional fashion models to wear our jewelry. In fact, I’m the one in quite a few of the pictures wearing the jewelry and the rest of the women are all my friends. Why? Because this is real-life! Real-life women are just as beautiful as paid models and real-life women are the ones who buy our jewelry. Moms, career women, grandmas, college students, 20-somethings etc all buy and wear our jewelry and believe me, they’re all beautiful in their own stunning ways. I know, because I’ve met quite a few of them. We live in a culture that somehow makes it okay to discount women if they don’t hold up to a certain standard in terms of looks. Apparently we’re all supposed to be thin and have long hair and big eyes and big breasts. And we get extra credit if we look perpetually young. And driving a cool car helps. And wearing expensive clothing makes us more valuable too. Here’s the thing: that’s crazy. I have 2 daughters and I will do anything within my power to mitigate the messages that the media wants them to believe as fact; that beauty is something singular and specific. I have never ever, and I mean EVER berated myself for being fat, ugly, saggy, tired-looking or old in front of my girls. I don’t talk about how other people are fat or unattractive. I just don’t do it. I’m not going to send them out into the world thinking that their value (or anybody else’s) rests solely on what they look like. That’s not a message that they’ll ever get from me. They are vibrant, intelligent little girls and they are beautiful and powerful from the inside out, not the other way around.
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My daughters (who aren’t wearing jewelry because they lose jewelry very quickly!)

This is also why I use my friends as my models. Because these women are beautiful and smart and kind and caring and loving. They have regular lives and do every day things and they are beautiful. They are beautiful because of who they are and what they say and the way they laugh and the mistakes they make. We all are.
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Beth wearing the Slinky Slice Earrings

We wanted to do something to celebrate all of you beautiful women who wear our jewelry so we’re asking you (yes you!) to send us photos of yourself out and about, living your every day lives and wearing our jewelry. We will be posting them on our Facebook Page as they come in. You can email them to us at customerservice(at)lusciousmetals.com to us or send them in a text message 303.8(seven)5.859(two) We can’t wait to see all of your BEAUTIFUL faces!!

~Natha

March 20, 2013

Purrrrrrple

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Purple is the color of royalty and it came to be so because the pigment used to create the color purple (derived from a sea snail called the spiny dye-murex) was so arduous to source that only the very rich could afford to purchase fabric of that color. The process of making the dye was long, difficult and expensive. Thousands of the tiny snails had to be found, their shells cracked, the snail removed. Mountains of empty shells have been found at the ancient sites of Sidon and Tyre. The snails were left to soak, then a tiny gland was removed and the juice extracted and put in a basin, which was placed in the sunlight. There a remarkable transformation took place. In the sunlight the juice turned white, then yellow-green, then green, then violet, then a red which turned darker and darker. The process had to be stopped at exactly the right time to obtain the desired color, which could range from a bright crimson to a dark purple, the color of dried blood. Then either wool, linen or silk would be dyed. The exact hue varied between crimson and violet, but it was always rich, bright and lasting (Anne Varichon, Couleurs-pigments dans les mains des peuples, p. 135)

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When I think of purple, I think of lilacs and grape soda and morning glories, and it does remind me of princesses. When I was a girl, I would always fantasize about being a princess in long purple velvet gowns, riding my unicorn, picking juicy grapes off of twisted vines, waiting for a prince to come distract me. Purple represents pure fantasy for me, but there’s a softness too. It’s a comforting color. I mentioned in an earlier post that I often think of people as embodying a color and my oldest daughter is a purple girl. I’m not sure why but it’s something I’ve seen in her, before she was born even…there’s a richness and royalty to her countenance, an effortlessness; she just doesn’t seem to struggle the way some of us do and that, in a nutshell is what purple represents to me.

We’re on our last week of 7 weeks of Rainbows Celebration and that means…Amethyst earrings are up for grabs!! This is the last pair we’re giving away and amethyst seems to be a collective favorite in the stone department. Enter below to win and don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for daily doses of color…
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