We all have the desire to belong and to connect. From the first cave drawings to today's company logos or school mascots, we have used shared symbols to communicate with each other, form social and religious communities, remember together, comfort or inspire each other, and share our life stories.
Symbols reflect what we are often unable to put into words. We can speak of love, friendship, hope, faith, or honor, but at times language barriers or just the right words can escape us. But the symbols of those words speak a universal language and they can speak volumes.
I seek these symbols and when I find them, I handcraft them into fine silver and bronze wax seal jewelry that has unique meaning or enduring symbolism.
Whether its earrings bearing a swan symbolizing beauty and grace, cufflinks cast with the lion signifying deathless courage, or a charm with an anchor symbolizing hope, I hope you find an inspirational piece that speaks to you or someone you care about!
About the Designer
As a first generation American, I experienced first-hand how language barriers affect the way we communicate and connect. While I never heard my parent's heavy accents, friends would often say "I called your house, but some foreign person answered the phone." As a child, I didn't correct my parents or speak for them in public and what I saw when people couldn't understand them was the same thing most people do - first, we speak louder, as if somehow the change in volume will translate our words, then we revert to drawing or acting out common actions and symbols.
Inspiration for my symbolic wax seal jewelry came after I created fine silver wax seal pendants from the initial "W" wax seal stamp I had used on the invitations for my husband's grandfather's 90th birthday. Granddad, the patriarch of our family,had suffered a stroke and I felt the women in the family needed something to better connect us to him and to each other. I was surprised to see the reaction to this symbolic pendant, even from those who usually aren't sentimental.
Each symbolic piece of jewelry is handcrafted from symbolic antique or vintage wax stamps, wax seals from antique documents, or intaglios from the Grand Tour in fine silver or bronze with each item slightly different and uniquely yours. I love the nature of the handmade process with every piece differing slightly with its own variations and beauty. The Japanese refer to this as wabi sabi - a beauty of things imperfect. It's the appreciation of the quirks and anomalies arising from the process of construction, which add uniqueness and elegance to the object.
Currently residing just outside of Houston, Texas, I design and handcraft each piece in my home studio, with the support of my loving husband, my inquisitive stepdaughter, and two loyal, but lazy dogs by my side.