Monday, November 24, 2014

ShopSmall at Of Hand, Spirit & Earth Studio


Amber Ring of Wire by SilkWire Jewelry 
©2014 SilkWire Jewelry/Jacquie Bird All Rights Reserved

The holiday season is upon us and we are happy to announce our Small Business Saturday Open House event November 29th from 12:00-6:00 at the Of Hand, Spirit & Earth Studio in the rapidly growing and easily accessible Downtown Jersey City!  To say thank you for attending you will be eligible for a 10% discount on SilkWire Jewelry, JewelryArt 4 Your WellBeing inventory with the coupon code SWJ29.  Remember to mention the code at checkout to receive the discount. 
 
This home showroom is the collaboration of O! Jolly! Knitted Design and SilkWire Jewelry.  We will also have refreshments as you shop in comfort in our cozy showroom. To read more about the Of Hand, Spirit & Earth Studio and to RSVP on Eventbrite as well as location info please visit the SilkWire Jewelry website.
 

I know, I know, for you the thought of going to New Jersey is akin to traveling to a foreign country with no running water and woods everywhere with deer and black bear but...
                                                                 
Grove Street PATH


Downtown Jersey City


Downtown Jersey City

Of Hand, Spirit & Earth Studio near Van Vorst Park
 Of Hand, Spirit & Earth Studio
                       
Uh huh, looks just like Brooklyn in this last photo and is very easy to get to.  Of Hand, Spirit & Earth Studio is 25 minutes away from 33rd Street in NYC, then a 10 minute walk from the Grove Street PATH station.  Or you can take the ferry from the pier near WTC and walk down Montgomery Street.  And the view from the pier on our side is off the chain.  Plus there are some kinda funky down restaurants in the area with a wide choice of cuisine.  Can't make it on the 29th but want to make an appointment?  Contact Us

The Of Hand, Spirit & Earth Studio is available By Appointment Only 7 days a week between the hours of 12:00-8:00.
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About Us: From the Duke Ellington musical Sophisticated Ladies to Of Hand, Spirit, & Earth Studio. Jacquie Bird and Olgalyn Jolly. Two Friends, Dancer/Singers, fellow tour buddies and Artisans join forces to offer a new studio showcasing their creations known as SilkWire Jewelry and O! Jolly! Knitted Design.  I hope you can join us for our Small Business Saturday Open House but in the meantime, I wish you

Peace, Light, & Joy,
Jacquie


Shop Small with SilkWire Jewelry at Of Hand, Spirit, & Earth Studio

There's a healin' of the Earth y'all. 

Let us be mindful in thought, word and deed. 

Be kind to yourself, others and to Gaia.

Thank you for reading :-)


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Monday, November 3, 2014

Labradorite, The Stone of MAGIC

I had worked with Labradorite in a jewelry creation a few years and as gorgeous as it is, it was not a stone I considered for myself--until one day I 'received' that I needed the stone.  Okay.  When THE UNIVERSE speaks to me and I am actually quiet enough to hear it, I do my darnedest to comply--unless I forget.  And I did.

But about 3 weeks later, I am in Bogota, Colombia in my favorite part of the city called Usaquén [which I mention in my post about Quartz].  I soooooo love the Sunday Mercado de Pulgas [flea market] and all the wonderful booths of Artisan wares, great food, DESERTS etc.  Goodies, goodies EVERYWHERE what's a shopper to do AHHHHHHHHH!!  It was there that I found myself drawn to a booth with what?  Of course, GEMSTONES.  My eye is caught with what looked like Turquoise and as I'm examining it, the guy hands me of ALL the many stones on the table, yes indeedy he hands me LABRADORITE.  And double yes, needless to say, a few made their way to my home! 

Labradorite

Even though I bought it for a SilkWire Jewelry Creation, I decided to keep it for myself to use in a necklace


Labradorite from Madagascar

Labradorite

Labradorite
Initially I purchased this one for my necklace but one day it felt like I should use it for Meditation


Labradorite is not a stone I see very often in the NYC area but I recently found a very nice selection at Rock Star Crystals on 28th Street between 7th/6th Avenues.  Their prices are off the chain for this area as they are direct importers.

Labradorite Ring of Wire by SilkWire Jewelry
A little sumphin' sumphin' for myself
Labradorite Ring of Wire by SilkWire Jewelry 
©2014 Jacquie Bird/SilkWire Jewelry All Rights Reserved


Labradorite is call the Stone of Transformation and Magic, with the keywords Protection and...you guessed it, MAGIC.  According to The Book of Stones, its Element is that of Wind [Mental aspects like telepathy, psychic gifts, and connection with realm of The Divine].  It works with All Chakras though it's not uncommon to see it linked to the 3rd Chakra/Solar Plexus as it's said to attract Success [I'm workin' on it!] and the 6th Chakra/Third Eye, said to open/deepen psychic gifts.  Said to Clear the Aura, Protect, Balance, Raise Consciousness and connect to Universal Energies. 

Labradorite was "discovered" in the late 1700's in Canada's Labrador Peninsula and it was named for that region.  I have put discovered in quotation marks because the Indigenous Peoples knew of it lonnnnnnnnng before it's "discovery."  It is also found in Mexico, Russia, The U.S. and Madagascar where the ones I bought in Bogota were imported from.  Light to dark blue-green Labradorite can have brilliant flashes of gold, orange, blue, green, and red with black veins.  Man, when the light dances upon this gem it is TRULY a delight!  And there are other forms of this Gemstone--Larvikite, a silvery-greyish Labradorite from Finland; and Spectrolite which exhibits the full color spectrum.  Ancient Nuummite from Greenland is said to be a cousin.

On the physical tip, Labradorite is said to reduce stress and anxiety.  Heck, just watchin' how the light plays on this baby can chill ya out in a heartbeat!



There's a healin' of the Earth y'all. 

Let us be mindful in thought, word and deed. 

Be kind to yourself, others and to Gaia.

Thank you for reading :-)


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Of Hand, Spirit & Earth Studio in Jersey City!

OPEN HOUSE ON SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY 12-6
Click the link for details!

SilkWire Jewelry & O! Jolly! Knitted Design have joined forces to present the Of Hand, Spirit & Earth Studio in the rapidly growing Downtown Jersey City.  We are now available by appointment only.
Of Hand Spirit and Earth Studio Jersey City home of SilkWire Jewelry, O! Jolly! Knitted Design
The Forces behind Of Hand, Spirit & Earth Studio Olgalyn Jolly & Jacquie Bird/SilkWire Jewelry
The Of Hand, Spirit & Earth Studio is a hop, skip & jump on the PATH train across the Hudson River from NYC to Grove Street, then minutes away.  We launched during the Jersey City Artists Studio Tour.
Jersey City Art & Studio Tour
Check out our new page on the SilkWire Jewelry website! 

Look out for an announcement on our upcoming event soon!

From Sophisticated Ladies to Of Hand, Spirit, & Earth Studio. Jacquie Bird and Olgalyn Jolly. Two Friends, Dancer/Singers, fellow tour buddies and Artisans join forces to offer a new studio showcasing their creations known as SilkWire Jewelry and O! Jolly!

SilkWire Jewelry 'Individuality plus Wellness in ONE' combines the conductive energy of Copper wire with the Healing power of Gemstones to create JewelryArt that is Beautiful and Spiritual. My Creations are Handmade using 100% silk, copper wire, gemstones, shells, pearls, bronze or silver. My JewelryArt is adjustable, bendable, washable, and can be molded to the wearer’s body. One-size-fits-many Conversation Pieces. I also do custom work consulting on the stones used. Vegan JewelryArt upon request. www.silkwirejewelry.com
There's a Healin' from the Earth y'all!

Olgalyn says this about her O! Jolly! Knitted Design:





"No More Boring Knits! Plain knits will be relegated to utilitarian purpose only. Fashion knits will have bold poly-textures, compelling structures. This is my mission. I want to take you there!

It was on a trip to Japan in 1983 (performing with the Broadway show "Sophisticated Ladies") that I first became aware of the sweaters of Kansai Yamamoto. These were like no sweaters I had ever seen before: intricate stitches, bold fiber combinations, surprising accents. By 1984 I had my very first knitting machine, a Bulky 8, which I dutifully packed and brought with me on the next road trip. I began designing and knitting my first sweaters while on tour, inspired by the wild designs I had seen the year before.

The next twist of my showbiz career, as a member of the electronic music group Silicon Soul, brought new development to my knitting. Between gigs, I studied draping, pattern making, machine knitting technology and design at Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology, at home in New York City.

O! Jolly! gradually evolved in the late 80s, alternately as a line of "fashion forward" knitwear, a creator of fiberart, and a source for knitted textile design. With the new millennium came my knitting/design hiatus in order to have the time to homeschool my son. It was also a time for much virtual design and reflection on what was to come.

January 1, 2011 marked the reestablishment of O! Jolly! I have an abundance of designs that are being realized. I am eager to collaborate with others, to teach, and to learn. I share tips, tools, and techniques on Crafting Fashion www.craftingfashion.com. To see my fabrics, please visit the O! Jolly! site."

  
To set up an appointment  you can holla at us on our Facebook wall or message us  www.facebook.com/OfHandSpiritandEarthStudio or pop me an email on my SilkWireJewelry site


Neckpiece of Red Silk & White Opal by SilkWire Jewelry/Jacquie Bird ©2014




amber ring, copper wire, SilkWire Jewelry

 Amber Ring of Wire for Men by SilkWire Jewelry/Jacquie Bird ©2014



Silk Necklace with Ametrine by SilkWire Jewelry
  
Ametrine Necklace of Silk & Copper Cord by SilkWire Jewelry/Jacquie Bird ©2014


Opal ring by SilkWire Jewelry

White Precious Opal Ring of Copper Wire by SilkWire Jewelry/Jacquie Bird ©2014



Silk Bracelet with Onyx and Cowrie Shells by SilkWire Jewelry


 Onyx & Cowrie Shell Black Silk Bracelet by SilkWire Jewelry/Jacquie Bird ©2014

Thank you Gaia for the Air I Breathe, 
for having me as a guest on Your Wonder.


There's a Healin' of the Earth y'all,
Let us be Mindful in Word & Deed
Be kind to Yourself & to Gaia.
Thank you for reading ♡

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Quartz, Quintessential Magnificence

Came across some Colombian Quartz at the Sunday market in Usaquén.  OH. MAH. GAWD! !!! Quintessential MAGNIFICENCE!!!!!! This beauty comes from Santander, Colombia in the central northern part of the country. 



quartz crystal Colombia
Quartz Crystal on matrix
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photo by SilkWire Jewelry/Jacquie Bird 2014

While I couldn't take the above magnificence with me, I did make sure to get a couple beauties...

quartz crystal Colombia
Tantric Twin Quartz Crystal
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photo by SilkWire Jewelry/Jacquie Bird 2014

Quartz crystal Colombia
Quartz Crystal
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photo by SilkWire Jewelry/Jacquie Bird 2014

Quartz crystal Colombia
Quartz Crystals
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photo by SilkWire Jewelry/Jacquie Bird 2014

How Fierce is Clear Quartz? It powers your cell phones, computers and watches. It is called The Master Healer. Clear Quartz also posseses the properties of piezoelectricity which Wikipedia says it is the electric charge that accumulates in certain solid materials (such as crystals, certain ceramics, and biological matter such as bone, DNA and various proteins) in response to applied mechanical stress. The word piezoelectricity means electricity resulting from pressure. 

And the ENERGY! OHMYGOSH!  If you find one you connect with it is a most beauteous thang!  Holding my Quartz Crystal after a yoga practice is just Divine and they are crazy awesome for Meditation.  If you're like me and find it challenging to turn The Chatterbox app off in your mind, just staring into these babies noticing as many things in it as you can see--the markings, any rainbows and how the light reflects off the Gem--if you truly observe your Quartz Crystal you could find your breathing has slowed and that you have entered the realm of Peace.

Clear Quartz keywords: Power, (the beautiful, enpowering kind) Energy, Clarity; called The Universal Crystal because you can use it for so many things and you can program them with your desires and dreams.  They also enhance the energies of other stones. Clear Quartz Crystals transmit and store information--Lemurian Seed Crystals for example, are said to carry info programmed by the Lemurians, a lost civilization in the Indian Ocean.  Reality to some, fantasy for others, but whether you swallow it or not, Clear Quartz Crystals are AH-MAY-A-ZING to have around if for nothing else than to gaze at and into.  Chakras: All.  Element: Storm containing the 4 Elements of Earth, Fire, Water, and Wind {The Book of Stones by Robert Simmons and Naisha Asian}

Clear Quartz is found the world over. Other Quartz stones are Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz,  Citrine (natural Citrine is rare),  Tiger Eye, Jasper, Agate, Bloodstone, Chrysoprase, Onyx, Opal, and many others. It also makes up Granite.  It is the most abundant mineral on the planet and makes up roughly 12% of the Earth's crust. Now if it's good for Gaia, it's good for me :-)


Thank you Gaia for the Air I Breathe, 
for having me as a guest on Your Wonder.


There's a Healin' of the Earth y'all,
Let us be Mindful in Word & Deed
Be kind to Yourself & to Gaia.
Thank you for reading ♡

quartz earrings handmade copper wire wrapped
Quartz Earrings of Wire  2014 SilkWire Jewelry/Jacquie Bird 


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Friday, August 22, 2014

The Power of Gemstones

I blab the merits of Gemstones and Crystals to anybody who would even remotely listen and am always intrigued by people's experiences with them. I am most humbled and honored by these comments in regard to a piece of my work:

"Jacquie Bird I've been SO eager to share my testimony with my new Epidote ring!  Besides adding beauty to my life :) I have noted increase on several levels.  Whether it's been a financial increase (part of my hesitation on making the purchase was  tied to the fact that I am unemployed and on a tight tight budget on paper, but I know my Source so that doesn't usually hinder me from giving and trusting from a place of lack.  I had about $25 in my pocket on the way home.  Today is a week later and the Universe has returned what I spent and more. 

But that is small potatoes compared with the increase in strength that I have post separation from my partner, I'm feeling graced not to relapse like usual, and I'm finding the strength to facilitate the change I've been longing to see.  Slowly but surely, just for today I can say old habits that no longer serve me are dying.  (We'd just separated the previous Monday).  Though I've talked and reminisced with him since then, I have not allowed him back in.  That's major considering the rollercoaster these past four years have been.  We need a new intention either apart or within our relationship.   Sometimes change only happens with stillness.

There's more!  I also found out about a Scholarship that will help me receive Doula training.  So there's evidence of an increase in available resources for me that will support me in becoming who I'm am being called to be in the world. 

Lastly, I just had a revelation about what is happening in my life=increase in understanding.  My energy, confidence and focus to get things done and show up fully is blossoming before me.  The assistance/energy my Epidote stone is giving me (via the Grace of God) could not come at a better time as I return to college and complete my degree as a single mom.  I am grateful for its service! 

Thank you for your creativity AND collecting it from the shop just for me! ♡"

(I had just retrived the ring from a shop where the ring had sat for 8 months.  Jonae bought it at the 1st event right afterwards)

​​​​​​​​Some of the properties of Epidote: Release of Negativity, Embracing Positive Patterns,  Attraction of What One Emanates, The Stone of Increase.  Earth (Grounding) and Water (Emotional Body) Elements.  Chakras: All.
Reference: The Book of Stones

​There's a healin' of the Earth y'all.
Let us be mindful in thought, word and deed.
Be kind to yourself, others and to Gaia.

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I love shapes.  As a choreographer, as a dancer, as a singer, as a writer.  It's all about the shape of something.  As a singer, how does the sound shape from me to the audience?  As a dancer, it's all about shapes & creating pictures. As a writer, I shape the story from my inner eye to my reader.  I feel the same way as a jewelry designer & artisan--it's about how I choose & create the shapes to contour to one's body, to accent one's essence.  That's what it's all about for me.  Shapes.  
I create & shape SilkWire Jewelry: Adorn YourSelf with Art & the Power of Gemstones. Unique, one of a kind Wearable Art pieces that assist and contribute to your Health and Well-Being www.silkwirejewelry.com

I also write A Bird Blogs About Gems where I talk about the gems of stone & the gems of Life. www.silkwirejewelry.blogspot.com