Luscious Metals ~ Luscious Light

July 11, 2014

Workshop Series

Sex workshop
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

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…

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!
8 point star side view

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.

queen and the beet

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.
tarot star
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

November 18, 2012

A sweet story of stars and syncronicity

I can distinctly remember the pieces that I’ve made that were “meant to be mine” that I sold on a whim and later regretted. Two of them were literally purchased off of my neck by women on the street that fell in love with them and one of them I sent off to be in a collection for an art show in California. I was trying to round out the collection and didn’t have the time to create a bunch of new pieces so I went hunting through my studio, looking for previously made odds and ends to use. I make bunches of pendants and charms and interesting little wire wrapped faceted stone thing-ees and the like that don’t immediately end up in the pieces I sell. Some of them are experiments and some are just products of whatever concept was striking my fancy on a particular day. At any rate, I sent off this beautiful 8 pointed star set with a faceted quartz which happens to be the stone of clarity (something that I feel I’m always seeking) and it sold (which didn’t surprise me) and I felt a little sad about it (because I did indeed love that piece.)

So one day I get an email from a woman who had purchased a piece at that very California show, telling me that her piece had broken and might she exchange it for a custom piece, which I said was fine etc. Well I hadn’t asked her which piece it was that had broken so when I opened her return package and saw my little beautiful star, I was so excited to see that my old friend had returned! I knew that the piece was meant to be mine after all.

So I fixed my star, created a customized inscribed necklace (see below) for this lovely lady using some initial charms that she had previously owned and incorporating some of her favorite power words and (a star!) and also the name of her beloved. I think it was a win win for both of us, and I’ve hardly taken my star off!

The end!

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