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As you've probably heard me mention, last year I spent 5 months of the pandemic with a 35# backpack strapped to my back, hiking 60% of the Appalachian Trail.
I learned a lot from those 900 miles of walking - primarily from rocks. As I mentioned here, what started as a source of terror eventually turned into symbols of strength.
I first turned that symbol into the Strength Necklace and Amplified Strength Necklace (with diamonds!).
This version is larger with an intricately carved flower bloom on the reverse.
Check out this video to see how I made it...
That is why I created this Strength Collection - so we have a physical reminder of our tenacity - the fortitude that gets us through life. But more than that, what makes your strength unique is your juicy inner life - the surprise treasures that are exclusive to you; your inner wisdom, charm, and quirks.
I carved the outer rock first:
Then I fit the inner flower bloom and started roughing out the pattern (yes, those are old dental tools that I got at a flea market eons ago which I use for carving):
I continued carving until I had the flower bloom details glowing
The next step is casting. I don't have the equipment for this process so I work with a couple who own a casting shop here in Seattle for that part.
Once I got the silver parts back, I soldered on prongs so that I could set the flower bloom into the rock, while maintaining the contrasting polished and darkened finishes.
I'm thrilled with the results!
I've made this power necklace with a bright silver rock, inset with darkened silver flower bloom. Or with a darkened silver rock, inset with a bright silver flower bloom.
Either version is the perfect reminder of your strength created from your inner unique traits that make you authentically powerful.
This power necklace is bigger and weightier than the original Strength Necklace. Both pack an impressive visual punch, the size depends on your personal preference.
I was recently in Ohio visiting family so I took advantage of the opportunity to take some photos with my sister-in-law.
While she ended up choosing the smaller Strength Necklace to own for herself, as a petite woman she still rocked the Power version.
I'm so excited about this series, but especially this new Power Necklace!
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