Saturday, December 13, 2014

Holiday Open House at the Of Hand, Spirit & Earth Studio

We're doing it again!! Holiday Open House at Of Hand, Spirit & Earth Studio in Downtown Jersey City!! Soooooo close to NYC it's like going to Brooklyn!

If you're in the JC/BK/Northern New Jersey area please register to come on through, invite friends & please SHARE.

 Click the link below to register & for more info:

Holiday Open House at the Of Hand, Spirit & Earth Studio



Of Hand, Spirit & Earth Studio Holiday Open House

 You can also go to our Of Hand, Spirit & Earth Studio FaceBook page to Like Us and for more info.  Hope if you're in or will be in the area you can make it and please SHOUT US OUT!

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 :-)


SilkWire Jewelry
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/silkwirejewelry
Follow on Twitter @silkwirejewelry
  Custom Orders Welcome
 
In the Jersey City/NYC area by Appointment Only


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Captivating Calcite

Over two years ago, I had sciatica. Raging, AGONIZING Screaming Mimi sciatica.  [who is Screaming Mimi anyway?] [oh, just Googled it--twas a film noir in the late 50's and the lead character was committed to an insane asylum]  Anywho, my sciatic nerve went insane on me!  I was in so much pain I couldn't sit down, lying down was an adventure in misery so the only position left was on my two feet!  But then I would be treated to a burning sensation, radiating from my lower back down my hamstring [ow!] continuing on down the side of my lower leg [owowowowOW!] under the bottom of my foot [owowowowowowOWWWWW MAKEITSTOP I WANT MY MOMMIEEEEEEEE!]  Anyone who has suffered or suffers from sciatica knows of that which I speak.

It started mildly, just a tweak a slight nip that I thought I'd shake off and press on to whatever I was doing.  Though I am a retired dancer, our threshold to pain is ENORMOUS cause...dancers, like athletes are always in some degree of pain--it goes with the territory.  It's a way of life so you keep it movin' and don't look back (no pun intended hehehe!)  But this pain WELL exceed my tolerance level and I am sooooo glad I found a wonderful Acupuncturist/Healer at Olo Acupuncture in NYC named Tracey Byer who worked wonders on me in the year I sought treatment.  I still had a large amount of pain but it was down to a dull roar and I could sit at my computer for short periods somewhat fitfully without screaming [which was an improvement!]  I also enlisted the help of my fabu Selenite that I would tuck into the back of my pants.  Then, following an intuition, I switched to a Honey Calcite I had bought to create a SilkWire Jewelry piece with.  Then one day, it dawned on me that I was free of pain...and had been for MONTHS!  Ohhhhh Baby, Calcite is NO joke!  In my research, I hadn't seen any mention of Calcite being used for pain relief, but one of the properties is that of a Cleanser of Energy and Remover of Blockages [pain].   It has various Healing and Spiritual properties and comes in an array of colors.  Each color adds additonal properties to the general ones. 

Calcite is found on every continent and is a Calcium Carbonate mineral.  Ranging in frequencies from low to very very high, some of the many colors include: blue, orange, pink (also known as Mangano Calcite an opaque form), green, honey, red, white, clear (Iceland Spar), as well as the high frequency stones Merkabite Calcite, and Stellar Beam Calcite.

green, mangano, honey, green, red, iceland spur calcite

clockwise from lower left:
green, mangano (pink), honey, green, red, (clear) Iceland Spar Calcites


The other day, my beloved Honey Calcite once again saved me--I was having pain from walking around too long in some bannnnnngin' cute boots and it was morphin' into a run on pain.  What's a run on pain?  Pain that runs on for too many days.  What's too many days?  TWO.  It was intensifying so I propped the Calcite on my foot where the pain was most brutal before going to bed.  The next day I was good!  YAY!



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 :-)


SilkWire Jewelry
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/silkwirejewelry
Follow on Twitter @silkwirejewelry
  Custom Orders Welcome
 
In the Jersey City/NYC area by Appointment Only



DISCLAIMER:**Ok kiddies, please keep in mind that NOTHING within this post or anywhere in this blog is intended as a cure, diagnosis or to replace anything the folks in the medical profession say It's just info and plain ol' entertainment.**

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.
Like Us
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www.facebook.com/OfHandSpiritandEarthStudio


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 :-)


SilkWire Jewelry


On Facebook: www.facebook.com/silkwirejewelry

Follow on Twitter @silkwirejewelry

  Custom Orders Welcome
In the Jersey City/NYC area by Appointment Only

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 UsaquĆ©n [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 :-)


SilkWire Jewelry


On Facebook: www.facebook.com/silkwirejewelry

Follow on Twitter @silkwirejewelry

  Custom Orders Welcome
In the Jersey City/NYC area by Appointment Only

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 ♡

SilkWire Jewelry
www.silkwirejewelry.com
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Twitter @silkwirejewelry
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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