From the earth comes stone, metal, fossil, bone, and, visible only to some, a smoke rises, the spirit of matter. It rises from the inner fire conjured by the maker and tended by the wearer. A magic that has the power to guide, to remind and to give strength.
To me jewellery is deeply connected to our prehistoric and psychomythic past. Some of the oldest 'artistic' archeological finds are of pieces of jewellery, many archeologist believe that adornment was central to something other than the day to day workings of life, perhaps to something numinous. Many myths and stories have within their magical realms sacred objects, often peices of jewellery. Some objects, certain objects, speak to our souls as much as to our senses.
To learn more about how myths, story and jewellery are connected together, and to the sacred, please read my blog
My Musing Moon.
This name, which i give to all of my story explorations and retellings, is inspired by the story of La Loba which i came across in Clarissa Pinkola-Estes' book Women Who Run With the Wolves. La Loba gathers bones and, once she has a fully formed skeleton, she sings over the bones bringing life back to what is lost. Working with story, especially in the way we do in our present times, is very much like this. Pinkola say's this of the spirit of La Loba...
"She comes to us through sound as well; through music which vibrates the sternum, excites the heart; it comes through drum, the whistle, and the cry. It comes through the written and the spoken word; sometimes a word, a sentence or a poem or a story, is so resonant, so right, it causes us to remember, at least for an instant, what substance we are really made from, and where is our true home"
Clarissa Pinkola-Estes, Women Who Run With the Wolves.