Fall in Love with Earth

Happy Earth Day!Earth is a huge inspiration when creating jewelry.  The colors, textures, plants and animals that share our planet provide a continuous supply of imagery and beauty.  By taking time to study the details that surround me,  I find that the Earth activates my creative realm- a place where possibilities are endless, especially in jewelry.

Sabrinah's Art “Merneith” Malachite, Sterling and Fine Silver Wire Wrapped Earrings
Sabrinah's Art “Merneith” Malachite, Sterling and Fine Silver Wire Wrapped Earrings

This year I've decided to grow a vegetable garden to gain inspiration and life-balance through growing plants.  With the help of my husband, I built two raised garden beds.  I decided to paint them a vibrant purple, which is not only my favorite color, but also a color of healing and tranquility. I know my garden will help me discover new things about myself as well as rekindle my appreciation for the Earth.  It will feel great to get my hands in the dirt and be invigorated by the beauty of growth.

Sabrinah's Art, raised beds
Sabrinah's Art, raised beds

Life has a way of wrapping up our minds which makes it easy to forget about living in the moment.  Earth has a way of slowing things down, so we can take time to remember that we are actually alive. The Earth loves us, and it never stops giving.  Every gemstone in every piece of jewelry you own originated from the Earth and vibrates with it's energy.

Our planet is taken for granted, easily neglected and most of the time just plain disregarded, but there is no way we could survive without it.  How about we try making Earth a priority?  With all the craziness of everyday work and errands, it's not practical to constantly think about protecting the Earth.  However, we can at least make an effort to increase the time we spend loving the Earth, and in turn, loving life.

Sabrinah's Art “Tribute to the Turtle” Chrysocolla, Tourmaline, and Sterling Silver Wire Wrapped Necklace
Sabrinah's Art “Tribute to the Turtle” Chrysocolla, Tourmaline, and Sterling Silver Wire Wrapped Necklace

This Earth Day, make Earth your first priority.  Plant something GREENRecycle everything you can.  Give new life to something old so it can be reusedSLOW DOWN and take a moment to appreciate the beauty of a sunset, the smell of rain, the feeling of the sand between your toes, the detail in a simple leaf.  Watch a colony of ants as they work together to accomplish an impossible task while leaving no "soldier" behind.

Our Earth is truly amazing and Earth Day is a celebration of it's glory.

Thank you, Earth.  I am forever indebted to you and your endless beauty.  I simply can't live without you!

Happy Earth Day! Let's celebrate with a sale...  30% off all GREEN jewelry in my shop: Use GREEN30 at checkout!

Jewelry GIVEAWAY contest!

My husband and I recently returned from a fabulous trip to Hawaii, on the island of Kauai.  I have never been so inspired by the beauty of the Earth and Ocean.

After a short and beautiful hike, we ended up at the "Secret Lava Pools" where the waves were crashing against the lava rock coast.  A sea turtle was somehow swimming among the waves right at the rock line.  So close it seemed I could reach out and touch him.  It was an amazing sight!

This pendant represents the sun, waves, lava rock coast, and turquoise color of the ocean, with the sea turtle swimming out from the waves.  I made it for the GIVEAWAY contest because I think everyone should enjoy the beauty of Kauai, especially in the form of jewelry.

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You could WIN this gorgeous Kauai-inspired pendant made of sterling silver-filled wire, sterling silver wire, lava rock, and apatite gemstone, laced on a sterling silver chain.

REQUIREMENTS TO WIN:

1. "LIKE" my facebook page

2. "SHARE" this on your own facebook page

3. JOIN my mailing list (4-6 emails per year, coupons!)

4. Answer this... Where is the most beautiful place you have ever visited? AND...Why is it so beautiful to you? (facebook comment or email to sabrinah@sabrinahsart.org)

ALL REQUIREMENTS must be met to win this pendant!  The winner will be selected on Friday, August 17th.  GOOD LUCK!

The Pleiades

My newest bangle is inspired by the Pleiades, a cluster of 7 stars in the constellation Taurus.

Pleiades resides in our galaxy, and is approximately 500 light years away from Earth.

The Pleiadians, an ancient, human-like race originating from Pleiades, discovered Earth during space exploration.

They entered our cycle and stayed with us through many of our world's transformations, guiding us to a more spiritual path.

This bangle has seven stars, representing the Pleiades cluster.  Included are 3 stars made from Blue Zircon gemstone briolettes.

Blue Zircon is said to stimulate all chakras and open the doorway to higher realms. It energizes psychic abilities and allows one to easily identify and accept spiritual guidance.

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Radical Jewelry Makeover ~ What's in YOUR Jewelry Box?

Radical Jewelry Makeover... Have you heard of this?

Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM) involves taking donations of people's unwanted jewelry, disassembling and sorting it, melting it down, and creating new, beautiful pieces for people to wear and cherish.

 I recently learned about this non-profit, action-oriented group of "ethical metalsmiths" at my silversmithing class.  In fact, Santa Fe will be the fifth location for RJM to take place, and we are very excited about it!

Beginning Friday this week I will be participating in this innovative event, which begins in the studio at the Santa Fe Community College.  Several professional jewelers will join the students to create beautiful new pieces from old, unwanted costume and fine jewelry that has been donated by the public.

After one week of studio-intense creating, the finished pieces will be displayed at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe, available for sale to the public.

Check out this video for a detailed explanation of Radical Jewelry Makeover...

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Visit the Radical Jewelry Makeover Blog for the latest RJM news...

The amount of metals and gemstones being consistently mined is staggering.  I can't think of a better way to create awareness for the public, students, and professional  jewelers as to where our metals and stones come from, and how to better protect these precious materials.

I have been totally inspired by this group of jewelers.  It is a great feeling to know that there are people out there that still have respect for the Earth, and will take the appropriate action to make a difference.  I am thankful to have the opportunity to participate in this event, and proud to be a part of something so special.

Although creating jewelry from raw materials is my job, I will definitely be paying much closer attention as to where my materials come from, how they are extracted... and of course, I will be doing A LOT more recycling!

One great thing about Santa Fe  is that precious metals and other materials have been recycled as a way of jewelry making for hundreds of years.  Taking my silversmithing class has taught me how to recycle my silver scrap to create sterling sheet and wire, which I then use to create new designs.  Read my post, "A Day with Jerry Faires" for details as to how this is done.

Although I will never stop creating new jewelry, I am anxious to be a part of an event that will help save the planet, as well as set a good example to others in my profession.  Stay tuned for photos and updates from RJM Santa Fe!

This is my donation.... What's in YOUR jewelry box?

Radical Jewelry Makeover