I read with interest the thoughts of fellow Orchidians on the
question posed concerning sacred or inspired jewelry. I personally
come at this whole topic not so much with a "touchy feely" attitude
(not that there's anything wrong with that!) but more so with an
attitude of ..."what is my purpose or intention" in designing the
jewelry as it pertains to the wearer.
For example, I could make a round citrine pendant "sun", place it in
my show case and sell it to a certain someone who would love and adore
it and wear it everyday for the rest of their life. This outcome
would be wonderful and rewarding to both of us!
Or, I could make the same citrine pendant and during the lengthy
fabrication process add "intent" to the design by simply thinking
something like this:
"To the great Creator I ask that who so ever will wear this
beautiful amulet that I make in your name, may find happiness and
light heartedness in wearing this special gift of the earth and stars.
I ask that this be your will as well as mine."
Now the same certain someone comes into my shop and picks the same
citrine sun from the showcase and loves and adores it and wears it
for the rest of their life. And the outcome is wonderful and
rewarding to both of us!
So what's the difference?? The buyer doesn't know of my "intent".
Only I know. As Carl from Texas said in his post, "Perhaps it's just
semantics." Perhaps I'm just making myself happy. Putting a little
purpose into my craft. However, one thing is certain, I've done my
little part to put positive thoughts into the world and if there
truly is a Great Creator, then that "spirit" will be most assuredly
felt by the wearer.
If a great Creator doesn't fit into your belief structure, that's OK
. Hopefully you're not opposed to positive thought!
In ending, one final thought. I was wondering if you Orchidians
would care to develop a piece of concept jewelry that would symbolize
the desire for peaceful coexistence and communication between people
of all races and countries. Something like a simple white stone to be
worn as a pendant.
The design isn't important but the concept is. The stone settings
could be simple or elaborate and colorful accent stones could be
added. That would be up to the individuality of each artist. To me
"white" is the symbol of purity of thought and divine intervention.
You know, the "white Light", "white dove" etc. etc. If our most
excellent host, Hanuman had no objection (and if anyone is interested)
we might even call it the "Orchid White Stone Project".
In Friendship, Dale Lee Rozdale Designs