We all have the desire to belong and to connect. From the first cave drawings to the social network icons on today's web sites, 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." What I often see when people encounter a language barrier is that they will first speak louder, as if somehow the change in volume will translate their words, then they 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 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.
My handcrafted symbolic pieces are thoughtful, meaningful, uplifting, sentimental, and even thought provoking. They are all created to help you share your life story, comfort those in need, or just connect with someone in your life.
Each symbolic piece of wax seal jewelry is handcrafted from antique, vintage, and modern wax stamps, antique or vintage wax seals, or antique intaglios in reclaimed 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.