With Halloween fast approaching, my thoughts are filled with the origins
of the tradition. As a time when the dead are honored and revered, it strikes a
chord with the most meaningful of my jewelry creations.
I can honestly say the most poignant experience I had in creating
memorial pieces was for a family who lost their 22-year-old son, a young gentleman
who died from a hazing ritual at a University. His was the college where my parents met
and I was conceived. His beautiful honey-colored hair was agonizingly plaited
under glass and set in 22K gold. This was one of my most difficult achievements
for so many reasons. Technically challenging, emotionally stultifying and just
a bit surreal, as it was my first time doing a mourning piece. I ended up
making four lockets for different family members. At one point I thought I would
run out of the small lock of hair I had to work with. There seemed to be more
pressure on me than was logical. It was as if his spirit was hanging around my
studio to make sure I would not let down his family, that they were to be
comforted by the talismans that I was to bestow on them. Unfortunately, I never
documented this first project; I was so taken with my emotional response to the
project, documenting it never occurred to me.
Honoring the souls of those we love and hold dear, whether they be four legged friends or family members, is a wonderful blessing. No matter how we choose to immortalize these memories, be it a keepsake, sacred place, or a yearly ritual, offers us a way to celebrate their lives. This Halloween week, I will be placing a promotion on some pieces I find embody the spirit of memento jewelry. The Charmed Necklace, Eyeris Necklace, Sappho Key Necklace, and Charity, Hope, Peace Necklace will be 15% off. Type in the code ALLSAINTS13 at checkout from October 26, 2013 to November 2, 2013.