Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello folks, how are you today? It has started to rain again across the UK -and I never thought I'd say this, but thank goodness for that. Hubby has suffered terribly with hay fever and at one point his breathing was so bad that I thought I'd have to take him down to A & E. The beautiful May flower has been in bloom all over the UK and there has been so much tree pollen in the air that even I have been sneezing and spluttering from it. I've spent most of the week ministering to his needs and soothing the fevered brow.
This week I felt like making a mood elevator - something to wear when you're feeling Bleh! Something showy, colourful and bright that would do the talking so that everyone would know you're in the room even if no words escape your lips. After all, if jewellery, clothes and make up are mere camouflage that brighten dull areas and hide lumps and bumps while accentuating your good points, a showy statement necklace that is easy to wear and draws more attention than your red nose, puffy eyes or dull hair is just the ticket.
I wanted something light and easy to wear yet showy, and settled on making a necklace of Lava stone beads - they are formed when volcanoes erupt, much like obsidian stones. The lava shoots out of a volcano and runs down its side. Once this incredibly hot liquid rock dries, it becomes a lava stone. Because of this process, lava stone is considered to be a stone of rebirth. Naturally formed holes and irregular surfaces are characteristic of the stone, making each bead unique, and because they are basically pumice stone in a very compact form, they are very light. Let's face it, who wants to wear a heavy necklace when they aren't feeling well - yet that's precisely the time when a statement piece is an absolute necessary camouflage.
Lava beads are believed to promote strength and fertility and are a grounding stone that strengthens one's connection to Mother Earth - believers in the power of the gemstone think it grounds and stabilizes the root chakra because of the stone’s strong connection with the earth. When the root chakra is stabilized, the body and mind feels positive, safe and anchored to the earth.
A quick rummage through my box(es) of beads, looking for elements that would go with the lava beads revealed Tibetan beeswax resin pendants, resin beads, turquoise tyre shaped beads, two kinds of chank shell beads with silver bead caps, and little silver plated haematite spacers. Three strands, and yet so light, I love this necklace. It's versatility means that it can be worn with all sorts of outfits - T shirts, shirts, jumpers, drab grey dresses; indeed, the drabber the better. It makes me smile and uplifts my mood almost immediately.
Heat of the Moment
That's me for this week, folks. I'm working all weekend, and hopefully it won't be too busy. Have a wonderful week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.