“Desire That Moves One to a Heart Place” is our store slogan. I tend to wear icons that are meaningful to me for days as a sort of wearable altar. I wanted to find great jewelry that I could wear I with both the little black dress and jeans and swirling hippie skirts. Tibetan necklaces straight from Nepal just didn’t look right with business clothes, and I didn’t want the piece on a chain or silk cord, which I found a bit boring (no offense, but I like color and style.)
As a practitioner, I found wearing images dear to my heart more satisfying than wearing plain jewelry.
I began with simple brilliant gemstones or vintage and antique beads, and the best amulets of images, bought from the folks that make them. Layering of several of my favorite images was the answer for everyday (I dress in seven scarves or jeans ‘n tees) and then I would take all off all but one for conservative meetings.
Fair trade and sustainability are important to me, and so I seek out unusual affordable pendants from smaller designers. I haven’t found an answer to many types of gemstones, but I always chose Indian if I have an option for mass-produced gems over Chinese because typically their labor practices are a bit better. Also, no coral unless it is reclaimed (I search junk shops for old necklaces.) I don’t know how to run a business without crossing some of these lines (I am typing on a computer, after all) but I search and make choices when I can.
After I had my line started, my husband Mitchell wanted a MahaDurgha (great goddess of the Hindu traditions) medal on antique red white hearts; this was the beginning of the Men’s Line, and he is my go-to man for “would a man wear this?”
Our line is ready for the holiday rush in its seventh year, and we are selling on two platforms, zibbet and etsy. We will do custom orders, but the closer we get to the holidays this becomes harder, and great pendants can’t just be bought online! Contact me directly for custom orders.
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