Lucky Clovers
by Kristal Wick, Author, Designer, Instructor and Swarovski crystal Ambassador,
Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

As kids, we were constantly on the look out for four-leaf clovers. The woods of Minnesota contained miles and miles of lush green grassy magical wonders, sure to house many fairies, wood nymphs and perhaps a leprechaun or two. We'd spend hours sprawled out on the grass meticulously sifting through fields of clover searching for luck.

It has been estimated that there are approximately 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every four-leaf clover; however, this probability has not deterred collectors who have reached records as high as 160,000 four-leaf clovers. It's amazing that clovers can have more than four leaves: the most ever recorded is 56, discovered by Shigeo Obara of Hanamaki, Iwate, Japan in 2009. That guy must be uber-lucky for the next umpteenth lifetimes!

GOT ONE!

Lucky Clovers I never found one myself and was bummed every time someone would squeal "got one" as they proudly rushed over to show off, with a gloating look, proving to this batch of 8-year olds, SHE was the lucky one. Of course it was usually the great fake out where the "lucky one" took 2 three-leaf clovers and removed 2 of the leaves from one clover, pinched the 2 clover stems together and it looked like a legit four-leaf clover and fooled us all!

I'm sure many of you can relate to those delightful days of our youth when we had the time to search for lucky clovers. I miss those days, don't you? Can you imagine the video-game-24/7-cyber-connected youth of today enjoying that activity? But, the truth is, we were searching for the gifts this talisman would bring; the first leaf symbolizes faith, the second leaf for hope, the third and fourth leaves are for love and luck. I mean that's the whole enchilada, isn't it? Everything covered with one simple found treasure. This is one of the great things about "symbology," a single object can represent anything you wish by simply intentionally giving meaning to the object and believing. This is one of the reasons jewelry becomes so important and has been sacred throughout history.

LUCK FOR ALL

Some jewelry looks pretty and some carry a deeper meaning which may or may not be visible to the naked eye, but ever so important. For some timeless inspiration, wander through any jewelry exhibit at your local museum or view the King Tut exhibition and notice how much meaning and symbolism is represented that we still use today, and those beauties were created over 3000 years ago! So whether or not you carry around a rabbit's foot or have an authentic four-leaf clover, it couldn't hurt to make your own lucky talisman. Thanks to Swarovski, we can all have a lucky four-leaf clover!

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