amulet jewelry?

"Sapphire is truth, and I am never without it. Ruby is passion, and I need it not. Emerald is hope, and I need it...amethyst, or as the little stone man I know called it Hammersmith, is devotion - I have it - and Topaz is jealousy, and is right nasty. Sapphires I make my totem of! Prase is a wicked little jewel, have none of him. I gave one to Margaret, and it winked and blinked and looked so evil she put it away." ~ Edward Burne-Jones
The Last Pre-Raphaelite: Edward Burne-Jones and the Victorian Imagination by Fiona MacCarthy

What is amulet jewelry?

To me, it is the idea that adornment is more than just pretty jewelry to wear, but something that has meaning. Holds power.

At least in the way that it keeps close what you hold dear, what gives you strength, tells the story of what you are passionate about.

Years ago I applied to sell my work at a sweet little artist co-op in a tourist town nearby, dreaming of a place to be a few times a month to get out of studio clothes, put my rusty social skills to use (feral me!) and most importantly to get to know other artists, be a part of something- that social camaraderie missing from a solo artist’s business life.

I dropped my work off at the desk, and two weeks later I got a call that my work was rejected due to two factors:
– one being that the price points were higher than what they mostly sell (understandable) and the other was that they were uncomfortable having to explain to their customers what “amulets” were.

That rejection still stings a bit, but trying to learn that it is better to use these moments when hurt to reflect instead of internalizing. To take constructive, positive action.

Thankfully soon after I found what I was seeking, even closer to home. I joined the vibrant Hilltown Arts Alliance and take part in our yearly Hilltown Open Studio Tour with nearly 30 other talented artists. This is something I had always dreamt about, having an open studio event, and never expected to land in the perfect place for one, these scenic foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. 2022 will bring our fourth year this October, last year's event was our most successful and we hope to make this one even better. Hope you can join us.

history & inspiration

Examples of jewelry and objects that have inspired my work over the years.

beasties

While studying at the SMFA Boston we were sent to the Boston Public Library to research the History of Jewelry.

In the pages of one book this little guy jumped out at me, I took a photocopy and made a replica as a class project.

Lucien Hirtz (1864 - 1928)

"Symbolism was a late 19th-century art movement of French, Russian, and Belgian origin in poetry and other arts seeking to represent absolute truths symbolically through language and metaphorical images, mainly as a reaction against naturalism and realism."

amulets & talisman

From Wikipedia: "An amulet, also known as a good luck charm, is an object believed to confer protection upon its possessor. The word "amulet" comes from the Latin word amuletum, which Pliny's Natural History describes as "an object that protects a person from trouble"."

ring set with a mouse design amulet

ca. 1479–1425 B.C. Egypt

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

reliquary

The Reliquary Shrine a 14th-century container for relics. Made from translucent enamel,gilt-silver and paint, c 1325–50.

The Cloisters

Reliquary of Mary Magdalene, 14th and 15th century
Made in Tuscany, Italy
Gilded copper, gilded silver, rock crystal.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Talisman of Charlemagne is a 9th-century Carolingian reliquary encolpion that may once have belonged to Charlemagne and is purported to contain a fragment of the True Cross.

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other inspiration

medieval manuscripts

animal symbology

One of my first loves was an ibex crafted of metal purchased from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts when I was 10. The original was lost, but he was similar to this beauty from @ 5th century B.C.

Achaemenid Gold Recumbent Ibex

storytelling tapestries

archetypes & icons

edward burne-jones

a w n pugin

isabella stewart gardner