|At its essence, jewelry-making is joyful. When beading, you touch, hold and surround yourself with extraordinary objects including some of nature's most treasured gifts. The possibilities are infinite when working with gems, crystals and beads in amazing colors and shapes that inspire you. ''My brain gets tickled every time I discover a new product, technique, or beautiful gemstone,'' says Jude, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® jewelry designer. ''I feel like I am six years old again when something is flowing together. I get the giggles and I have to run around showing everyone what I made.''|
|Making jewelry is hands-on and requires not only creativity, but technical and physical ability, too. A holistic activity, beading takes imagination, mental planning, intuition, focus, technical aptitude and more. For Rose, Fire Mountain Gems jewelry designer, ''There's excitement when you've dreamed up this great design you can't wait to get started on, frustration when the great design isn't working the way you imagined it and then accomplishment when you figure out how to make it work.''|
|Exploring complex techniques and discovering what you are capable of boosts your self-esteem and cultivates seeds for more inspired ideas. Fire Mountain Gems jewelry designer, Alice, reflects, ''Jewelry-making is a creative outlet. All my life, I have had the urge to create. I was taught to be self-sufficient by my mother who was a seamstress and taught me to sew. When I look at art--whether paintings, jewelry or clothes--I know I can ‘do that.' It is fun to take a product and see what you can do with it. It is rewarding to learn new skills and create new things.''|
Stringing beads and designing jewelry eases the mind of stress. Rose says, ''I find tranquility when I am deep into a long project and in the zone.'' Alice believes, ''Some projects can be very meditative, especially the repetitive ones.''
Jewelry artist and therapist Joan Kaplan, MA, LMT writes, ''There is a definite connection between creative expression and health. Creative expression in any form you feel moved to express yourself in is healing, liberating and brings you closer to the core of who you are. If making jewelry provides the medium for you to bring your inner creativity to the material world, then it is a healthful process for you to be engaged in--not to mention the beautiful result that someone will love!''
|The inspiration for and joy from creating jewelry are different for every artist. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads jewelry designer, Jamie, writes, ''I am a deeply emotive and expressive creature. Jewelry-making helps me translate in a tactile way the story of my emotions, vision and the culmination of my personal experiences. Emotions are generated by what I have been reading, music, color palettes or styles I favor and symbolism I connect with. There are certain colors that for me evoke memories from my past--they evoke a happy nostalgia and I gravitate towards them.''|
Not only treasured for jewelry-making, gemstones and crystals have a long history of being credited with an array of metaphysical properties. The benefits of these properties have been ascribed to both those who work with and those who wear gemstones. Various gems are attributed with qualities such as boosting joy, bestowing peace and serenity, promoting healing or channeling abundance. As an example, Leonardo da Vinci believed that amethyst held the power to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken one's intelligence. Associated with the Greek myth about Aphrodite and Adonis, rose quartz is known as the stone of love, beauty and the heart.
Beading is joyful. It rejuvenates our energy, exuberance and spirit. Let's spread the word. Beading is beautiful. And, so much fun.
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