Wednesday, January 25, 2012
A Necklace for Mothers
Wanted to share with you this gorgeous necklace, hand-crafted by Creativity is Messy, that was given to my dear friend at her baby shower.
This necklace spoke to me as a powerful symbol of the spirit of motherhood.
For mothers, a great shift occurs, not only in the mother's body while pregnant, but also in her psyche. Many women (including myself) spend most of their lives tending to their own needs - working on developing their intellect, beauty and independence. Not to mention the energy spent attracting the right mate and keeping them.
Then BAM one day she becomes pregnant and all her energy naturally shifts away from herself and her needs, to that of another human being. For better or worse she is permanently changed.
Being a mother is an around the clock job, with endless dramas, tiring moments, and yet, many countless sweet ones too.
Nothing speaks to the selflessness of motherhood like a mother bird tending to her eggs. Rain or shine, weeks upon weeks, there is mother bird, centered, doing her motherly job - sitting on her eggs.
During the blessingway part of the baby shower, the girlfriends gathered together and spoke to the power of motherhood and the necessity of leaning of girlfriends because they are the ones who understand what you are going through. This necklace was a beautiful reminder not only of how special being a mother is, but also of the power of girlfriends too.
This particular jewelry piece stood out to me above other similar pieces on Etsy because of the workmanship, and unique style. It had both a nest and a bird, and with the blue Swarovski crystal, it has a little bit of bling too. When I asked Tera Larson of Creativity is Messy if she would be able to create a piece for me with turquoise oval eggs (the original piece had pearls), she was inspired. I was impressed with her communication, and friendliness. She sent over samples of the stones, and had it ready for me in no time. Let me tell you, the final product did not disappoint.
There is something to be said about the beauty of working with a real live person to create a special keep-sake jewelry piece. I love knowing my money was spent supporting an individual living their passion. It is still a bit weird for me using the internet as a medium, but I like that it cuts out the middle man.
I was particularly interested in the turquoise stones for the eggs of this "Necklace for Mothers" since it such a powerful stone. It is said to have many healing and awakening properties, as well as be very grounding. It is not a surprise then that turquoise is considered sacred to past and present Native Americans, as well as ancient cultures like the Egyptians.
How sweet is it that according to this website, "if given a turquoise by a loving friend, that stone would protect the wearer from negative energy and bring good fortune. The turquoise is the symbol of friendship. It also brings peace to the home."
Mothering, to me has been a journey of self discovery and awakening. I have learned so much about myself, and have felt so many poignant emotions I have never experienced before. It has pushed me to my limits and because of this, I have more compassion for others in their tough moments.
How fitting it is that "the turquoise gem stone is a stone of self realization helping you to better understand yourself, your ideas and your emotions." Just another reason to love this Necklace for Mothers.