Luscious Metals ~ Luscious Light

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.
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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.
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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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April 13, 2013

White Out


When we think about the color white, it’s all snowflakes and virgins and soap right? It makes sense that white makes us think of things that are clean and bright and fresh, because the color itself (at least in American and European cultures) represents innocence, perfection, honesty and cleanliness. On the color spectrum, white is the color the human eye sees when it looks at light which contains all the wavelengths of the visible spectrum, at full brightness and without absorption. (This is true only when we’re talking about light. If we’re talking about pigment, then black is what you get when you combine all colors) Check out that cool picture below for the visual explanation of what white looks like within the color spectrum.

So if white doesn’t have any hue, then that means that it can also be thought of as a kind of blank slate right?
Maybe not. Actually- forget the maybe part- it isn’t a blank slate at all. White, perhaps more than any other color we’ve talked about, has at least one undeniable cultural connotation. When I was researching for White Week, I noticed a strong theme emerging. A very strong theme. It had something to do with roses and cakes and dresses. “I do” anyone? Weddings are a HUGE business in this country. Nearly $72 billion is spent on weddings annually and Las Vegas is the top wedding destination with over 100,000 weddings a year, followed by Hawaii at 25,000 weddings a year. I was in Hawaii this past summer and there were at least 2 weddings a day (!) at the hotel we stayed at and that is no exaggeration.

So weddings are pretty major affairs and one of the biggest part of any wedding ceremony is the symbolism and ritual that every couple incorporates into their celebration. I could go on and on just listing interesting rituals and facts about brides and grooms and weddings in cultures around the world (and believe me, I’ve killed some time reading about some very bizarre things). For instance; I now know that in Ethiopia, women from certain tribes place plates in their lower lip in order to entice a rich groom. The larger the protruding lip, the more a groom will pay. This makes me glad I’m not part of an Ethiopian tribe!

The wedding, more so than any other tradition, seems to be mostly a rite of passage. It is a rare woman who doesn’t, at some point in her life dream of the big white wedding, and if she’s already had one of her own, she’s dreaming of when her son or daughter will have one. These are premiere parties where the bride and groom and their families get the starring roles. These are insanely expensive parties that require months and months of planning and strategizing. The details that the couple must traditionally pay attention to (do the petals on the boutonniere match the cocktail napkins? Should we sit my Aunt Jenny at the same table as your Uncle Fred? We need 120 handpicked songs for the DJ to play so that everyone at the wedding will have at least a few songs they can dance to etc.) are immense. Honestly, I’m exhausted just thinking about it! Despite the work and money though, weddings do have some customary standouts– like the cake. Did you know that traditionally, the wedding cake symbolizes fertility and prosperity? Cool huh?

I also love the way that weddings give the bride and groom an opportunity to honor their friends and close family. There is something very special about taking the time to appreciate the people who make your life what it is. Despite the moments of chaos that tend to ensue during weddings, I think the point is that the wedding isn’t just of the bride and groom, but it’s also a marriage of each of their families and groups of friends. When I begin to question why it could possibly make sense to spend as much on a wedding as on a down payment for a house, that’s what I remember, the unique opportunity weddings present to have all of your special people in the same place at once.

Another established tradition is the giving of jewelry to the bride and her wedding party. Did you know that we do a booming wedding jewelry business here at Luscious Metals? We’ve made some of the coolest bridesmaids gifts and also some gorgeous jewelry for brides too. We have made wedding rings and repurposed heirloom family jewelry into new contemporary pieces for the bride to wear on her day as well as groups of pieces that are each original in their own way, designed to be special for every different woman in the wedding party. It’s always a blast since there is such joy and excitement from the clients around their wedding day and every thing that goes into it. Check out our wedding collections.

June 27, 2012

Meaningful jewelry; stories, wishes, memories.

I’m a firm believer in the law of attraction- like attracts like- but it never ceases to amaze me when I see direct evidence of the theory arising in my life. After my last post about the power of being recognized for the positivity you bring to those around you, I received this email from a lovely new customer “I just wanted to say how comfortable and confident I am in your work. How you create for celebrities and simple people like myself- and yet I can tell, thru your words, that great care gets put into both! Not sure if you knew that about how you write. And the message you convey about your love for your work, is heard loud and clear..” Isn’t that cool?!

This woman contacted me because she wanted to design a really special necklace to celebrate her new baby (see a picture of it above). She told me that she had been trying to conceive for 8 years and had finally been successful…she’s simply over the moon with happiness and delight over this hard won little boy. This is one of the very reasons I love the medium I work in. Jewelry has such immense power. In every culture it represents beauty, intention, commemoration of momentous events. Think wedding rings, class rings, sweet 16 gifts, anniversary gifts etc. I personally have a little tradition where I buy jewelry when I’m on vacation, and every time I wear a piece, I’m reminded of that adventure. (see some of my vacation jewelry below)

Have you ever sat with your grandmother or mother and had her tell you the stories surrounding her jewelry? Special jewelry tells the tales of generations; hopes, wishes, achievements… it triggers memories and we need that. There’s so much power in our personal stories and in the stories of those that came before us. I’m pleased and privileged to have the opportunity to create these kinds of special pieces for people out in the world (see these previous posts: Petra co-pilot, 7 rings, just to name a few) and the custom orders keep coming in! I have a great one to blog about next time, so check back soon. If you’d like us to design something special to celebrate an occasion in your life, Check out my website for some ideas and email me at natha@lusciousmetals.com I can’t wait to work with you!

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