Luscious Metals ~ Luscious Light

January 30, 2015

Yellow Star

I recently had the pleasure of designing a piece for Shannon Paige, a local yoga teacher in Boulder.  Shannon is a dynamic woman and is very full of energy and life.  She brought me this ring (her old wedding ring) and asked me to do something new with it.  I love the energy around taking old sentimental pieces and redesigning them into new pieces with new meaning.  It can actually be an important rite of passage when one is doing personal work and I see this often when I consult with women on their designs and also in my coaching practice.  It’s very liberating to be able to consciously create new stories while still maintaining a connection to our personal histories.




Shannon gave me very little direction, essentially letting me completely design the piece.  Knowing that she had a penchant for stars, I decided to set this gorgeous yellow sapphire facet side up so as to showcase the buttery shimmer of the sapphire.  I cut a star out of the back plate which I constructed from the melted metal of the ring as well as a bar of sterling she wanted me to use on the project.  The back side is inscribed with the words “Aham Prema” which means Divine Love (this was the only direction she gave me) and aren’t those just the loveliest words to wear up against your skin?!


I also added a star to the chain since repetition is always pleasing to the human eye.  The chain is 24″ and I broke it up with woven crystals and gemstones and also oxidized sections of the chain to provide visual interest.  Judging from the way Shannon jumped up and down and put the necklace right on, I’m pretty sure she loved it!



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.

November 6, 2014


As I mentioned before, Luscious Metals is about to do some changing.  Many of you know that my attention has been split over the last few years.  I’ve been running this company as well as completing some rigorous training in the world of personal development.  I was certified to become a Master Life Coach and began to coach with a phenomenal company called The Secret to Life Coaching last year and I’m still totally immersed in education and various trainings with a focus on psychology and spirituality.   I’ve been part jeweler, part life coach and part student for 3+ years now and it’s been a whirlwind and a balancing act.


I’ve always believed that jewelry is more than just an accessory and I always stayed true to the vision of creating intentional jewelry.  My collections  have focused on pieces that were beautiful but also  meaningful and powerful; when women feel beautiful and loved, they are infinitely more powerful.  As a brand, we worked with the concept of love by creating the Sweetheart Collection.  This line of jewelry was meant to be sentimental and worn as a reminder of all the love we have in our lives and I’m so proud to say that there are hundreds if not thousands of women out there today wearing our pieces inscribed with the names of their babies, husbands, pets and special dates.  We embraced the empowerment concept by inscribing powerful and motivational words on almost every piece of jewelry we make and also by holding contests like our Real Life Beauty promotion last year.  We’ve brought in healing gemstones, culturally symbolic jewelry and metaphysical information in many ways too- like our  7 Weeks of Rainbows Celebration and our Divine ~ Align Collection.  My vision was to present holistic information that related to all of us as women; I wanted to be more than a brand selling products but rather a brand that empowered us to be wise and confident and feel loved.  It’s been a journey and a success but I’m ready to bring these concepts to a deeper and broader level.  While I have loved designing and manufacturing 1,000’s of pieces of jewelry over the years, I don’t feel that jewelry and jewelry marketing is in alignment with where I am now and the gifts that I have to offer at this point.



So, here are the changes I’ve been talking about:  I’m going to go straight into coaching and teaching classes full time and essentially close shop at Luscious Metals.  Over the next few weeks I’ll be releasing new one of a kind pieces for sale through the holiday season and will be wrapping it up after that.

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I’ll also be launching my new website soon and will have new offerings  to share with you!  In the meantime, I have 2 classes scheduled.  One is an Angel Wing Pendant Workshop December 6 (you can register for that by clicking this link) and the other is a class called The Secret to Achieving your Goals (starts Tuesday January 6 at 10am MST)  This is a 12 week course I teach for The Secret to Life Coaching.  It is a tele course that meets once a week over the phone so it’s easy to take for anyone, anywhere.  In this course I will teach you to reprogram your old beliefs around what it is possible to create in your life.  Do you have something you’ve been wanting to bring into fruition and haven’t been able to make it happen?   Changes that you’ve been wanting to make?  This is the perfect class for you! It’s also a great class for anyone who wants to learn how to make decisions and really show up in their life, and it is truly a transformational class.   If this sounds interesting to you, please email me at nathaperkins [at] to schedule a free coaching session.  This single session alone will be life changing and will  help you get a good idea of what to expect in the class so you can decide if you’d like to move forward and enroll in the class.  Please know that this session in no way obligates you to work with me either!  (Maybe you just need a free coaching session!)

Look for the Holiday Collection release and more info coming soon.  I’m so excited!

July 19, 2014

Lucky Nights

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colorado clouds

When I was younger, I used describe the extravagant celebrations that I imagined the fairies were having in the sunset clouds. I explained that their magical parties full of firecrackers and dancing were actually what created the beautiful sunset colors.

Now-a-days when I spot sunset clouds like these; clouds that are shot through with rays of the sun, I always imagine them to be angel clouds. They just seem to embody the light and presence that angels seem like they must have. There’s something that feels very right, and very much like a gift for that matter about getting to gaze at sunset clouds like these. Like finding a lucky penny or a beautiful feather or a seeing a shooting star.

July 11, 2014

Workshop Series

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We’re excited to announce the beginning of a series of cool workshops where we collaborate with amazing women from our community and combine what they know: Reiki, yoga, food, beauty, music etc. with what we know: art. All of the workshops will have components of inner-work, self healing and integration through art.

This is exciting for me because as many of you know, alongside developing my business into a lifestyle brand where we make and sell intentional jewelry, (jewelry that is specifically meant to empower and have meaning to it’s wearer), Ive also been training and working as a Certified Life Coach. In trying to find a cohesive way to integrate my art and jewelry design background with my interest in helping people (women specifically) re-discover themselves, I decided that a great way to begin the process was to begin hosting workshops where both of my passions could be supported and developed while also promoting other healers in my community. It feels like a win-win.

The First one is Called Your Inner Sexual Goddess and is being held in Boulder Colorado on July 19 from 10am-2pm. I will be co- teaching this one with Janet Raftis of Totem Guidance. Janet is a Reiki practitioner among other things and I’m super excited to get to work with her! If you’re in the Boulder-Denver area, come join us! If not, the plan is to eventually do workshops around the country so if you’re someone who is interested in collaborating with me to produce a workshop in your city, email us at

March 6, 2014

RAW: Natural Born Artists

Imagine this: 30 or so bad-ass artists setting up booths in one of downtown Boulder’s hip clubs. Nude paintings, abstract paintings, steam-punk jewelry, gemstone necklaces and rings, wood burning demo’s, a short film, clothing designers, silk-screeners and 2 incredible fashion shows. We had the pleasure of being part of this amazing show last week! RAW was unlike any show we’ve ever done. A huge shout out and thank you to Johnnie Kuhn who was the head of the show. He seriously pulled off quite a feat. It’s no small task to plan and execute a huge event like this one.

The nightclub scene was high energy but the crowd was beautifully curated. People were interested, talkative and curious. One of my favorite parts were the 2 fashion shows. These indie designers really showed up! They designed clothes and orchestrated such beautiful performances. The hair and makeup artists also did an outstanding job. Their models were true examples of “real life beauty” which I talk a lot about here at Luscious Metals. I love it when women get opportunities to showcase their inner and outer beauty in artistic and creative (and non conforming) ways.

The visual artists showed up with their beautiful art as well. Every time I do one of these shows, I see hard evidence that despite the lack of funding for art in the schools these days, there are still so many highly creative people out there that are creating art anyway. I got to chat with a handful of artists and it was such a pleasure. It’s always so fun to get to talk to our peers in the indie art community to exchange ideas and discuss potential collaborations! All in all, it was a fabulous show.

Summer Fox Fine Art, Moonshine Burns Wood, and Old Crow Art Cache

“RAW:natural born artists is an independent arts organization, for artists, by artists. We’re an international community made up of creative individuals across the globe. Our mission is to provide independent artists within the first 10 years of their career with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity. We welcome all genres of art including independent film, fashion, music, visual art, performing art, hairstylists, makeup artists and more. We encourage the creative success of the many visionaries and storytellers of our generation.
RAW currently operates in nearly 60 cities across the United States, Australia, Canada and, now London”

February 11, 2014

Dear Valentine,

Oh Valentine’s Day…you tricky little holiday you. You’d have us believe that it’s all about love; who we love, who loves us, how we love, how much we love… You make it seem as if chocolates and roses and jewelry and fancy meals are the very proof of the existence of all of this love. You put on your fancy costumes of red sparkle, brown shine and pink glitter and you parade yourself through our stores and classrooms and internet whispering things like “love is in the air” and insinuating that we must be shown love from the people in our lives in order to feel loved.
But that’s not quite how it works. It’s not about how much other people love us, it’s about how much we love ourselves. If there are ways in which we don’t, then it will be reflected back to us through our experiences with other people. This is why days like Valentine’s Day can be such a letdown for some of us. The chocolates don’t come or the flowers aren’t pretty enough or someone else is madly in love and we aren’t etc. The love we lack isn’t reflected back to us and we get angry or depressed. But if we spend our time hoping for things and people outside of us to make us feel good then we ostensibly spend our whole lives chasing the dragon. The key is in learning how to provide that love and reflection for yourself.
So I challenge everyone reading this to find at least one way that you aren’t loving yourself right now. One way in which you are obstinately waiting for someone else to make you feel whole. Once you find it, ask yourself this: Can I decide to love myself instead? Am I willing to take responsibility for making myself whole? My Valentine wish for you is that your answers are yes…

January 27, 2014

Reasons we’re beautiful that have nothing to do with the way we look

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Last fall, we decided to host a celebration giveaway where we asked all of our customers and fans to send in photos of themselves wearing rings and necklaces and bracelets all made by Luscious Metals Jewelry. We had an incredible response! We called it the Real Life Beauty Celebration. We just wanted to honor women for being beautiful. Not beautiful because they were young or thin or had smooth skin, but beautiful because they were bakers and teachers and mothers and artists and friends. Beauty is something that develops as a result of who we are, not what we look like. It seems like today more than ever, there’s such disparity between that truth and the lie that says that in order to be considered beautiful, we must conform to specific standards. We just wanted to do our part to help dispel the myth that says that thin, young (and wealthy!) was the fastest track toward beauty. Because it isn’t.
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To see the photo collection in its entirety, check out our instagram account and also our facebook page.

January 15, 2014

Something Blue

Sally RIng
I got to attend a beautiful wedding this past fall. It was in a cozy little mountain inn and although it was only early October, it was a snowy day. The bride looked beautiful and as tradition mandates, she wore a gorgeous white dress along with something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Because the bride Sally is dear friend of mine, I wanted to make her a piece of jewelry to wear and I figured “something blue” seemed like the perfect fit.
I had a huge chunky Ametrine in my studio that I’ve been wanting to use and this seemed like the perfect time to do so. Ametrine. Ever heard of it? Neither had I until my dear friend Johnnie who’s a stone whiz (and alchemy wizard) sent me a few. Ametrine is a variety of quartz that’s typically a combination of purple amethyst and yellow citrine. The color differences visible within Ametrines are due to differing oxidation states of iron within the crystal. In a nutshell, when a stone is heat treated (naturally in this case) it changes the color of the crystal. Blue and yellow Ametrine is not naturally occurring, it is lab created but Im a big fan of lab created gemstones because they’re very eco-friendly. It’s important to note that lab created gemstones are not lower in quality but their environmental impact is most certainly lower.
sally ring 4
I love Sally. She is the co-owner and co-mastermind behind Alchemy Mineral Blends and she is an amazing woman. She is also a collector of Luscious Metals so it made so much sense to me to make her something beautiful and custom to wear at her wedding. What an honor! I love you Sally!
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January 8, 2014


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What do you want to create in 2014?
Write a letter to the Universe (or Source or God or whatever your word for it is), much as many of us used to write letters to Santa Claus… “Dear Universe, in 2014, I would dearly love your help. Take away my need to control life and help me trust you. Help me feel your love, share your love, and BE your love. Here are my dreams…make them come true. Guide me and let me know what to do and when to do it. And if you have better dreams for me, I gratefully accept your gifts and your grace.”
And now, list your dreams, great and small, all of them, no matter how long it takes. And when you are done, as you read your letter out loud to the Universe, take time as you read each dream, to imagine you have already received it. What does it feel like? Stop and give thanks. Go on to the next. Repeat this reading/feeling as many times as you like in the years to come, for in truth, this is a powerful prayer, not just to ask, but to tune into that which you seek.

I didn’t write that. It came to me in a beautiful email from a woman who channels angels and it struck me as something that I should do. I love the idea. I love it so much that I wrote out my list and got really clear on some of my dreams and aspirations for this year. It’s a beautiful list and I was able to really hit on the things that are important to me going forward. My plan was to post them all right here, but then I got scared. Scared to share, scared to expose myself so deeply.
I have a hard time discerning how much to share about myself, here on this forum. I read so many beautiful blogs written by women who pour their hearts out and move me so deeply; I want to create that same movement for other women. I feel so called to write things about myself and my process that may help someone else to see themselves in a way that they hadn’t before. But then I falter because after all, this blog for the past 8 years has been about jewelry. I’ve kept it intentionally impersonal because I wasn’t in a place where I wanted to expose myself in any way shape or form. I was writing from my image, not my soul. One of the things I’ve been working on lately is learning and developing appropriate boundaries. I’ve always struggled with having proper boundaries and I feel that most of us do. Mine have always felt either too loose or too rigid. When they’re loose, I hate myself for not having my shit together, not knowing better, not seeing it coming. When they’re too rigid I feel bitchy, sharp, mean, cold. I never know how much of myself to give or to show. I struggle with what’s socially correct, what’s polite, how will the other feel, how will the other see me, will people think I’m showing off, will people think I’m ridiculous, will sharing my process help someone out there in some way? My mind becomes this stew of self-consciousness and confusion and it’s hard to decide which direction to take; to share or not to share. Inevitably (according to me anyway) I choose the “wrong” one and then come down hard on myself for not having appropriate boundaries.
I’ve been trying to chart a course for my jewelry design business and my coaching and consulting business and trying to figure out an easy and succinct way to merge the two and I keep bumping up against this question of boundaries. Do I start a new blog and publish the deep stuff there and keep this one light and fluffy and happy-happy? Or do I assume that everyone who reads this blog: women buy my jewelry and those that know me personally, all have the capacity and interest to read about my personal process as it relates to my business and my life? Because while I am writing for myself, I am also writing for them. We all have so much wisdom to impart to each other and the only way we can all do that for each other is to develop our voice and communicate in whatever form that takes. Right? So the decision remains to be made. Is there to be a fork in the road or can I continue to walk this path albeit with one foot in jewelry and design and the other in coaching and writing?

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