Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Symbols of Devotion

The wedding ring was not always the emblem of choice to indicate marriage. Before the adoption of the wedding ring, necklaces were given as a symbol of devotion in a marriage proposal or ceremony. In cultures outside of the U.S., including India, Nepal and certain African countries, particular kinds of necklaces are still in use to tell the world that a woman is no longer single or available.

I liked the idea of a necklace to indicate that a woman was married, and began to think about what one might look like. Our Mirabelle necklace came to mind. I thought using a circle shape would echo the idea of a wedding ring. The combination of square faceted stones and round sculptural mandala, creates an intriguing path for the eye to dance over.

This necklace really does feel like an heirloom to me, something inherited from a great, great grandmother who came from across the ocean.

In researching the origin of necklaces as symbols of marriage, I came across this Apache Indian wedding poem written for the 1950 western film Broken Arrow and thought I would share it.

Now you will feel no rain,
For each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
For each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness,
For each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two bodies,
But there is one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place,
To enter into the days of your togetherness.
And may your days be good and long upon the earth.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Dangle Mandala Earrings in Sapphire

This pair of Dangle Mandala Earrings continues to be very popular for us. The stones are burnish-set so that they lie flush with the 18K gold surface of the earring. In addition to the blue sapphire pair pictured above, we make them in diamond, ruby, orange and pink sapphire. It is a dainty dangle that somehow is right for both the office and every day as well as a little sparkle for when you go out on the town. It seems to lie just right on most everyone I have seen try them on (which is saying something for earrings!)

These earrings were recently featured in Princeton Magazine's Bridal issue.

The Mandala symbol that we use in our jewelry represents harmony, balance and focus. We hope it lends some of these qualities to each and every wearer.