There's such a good story behind our 8 Point Star necklace and Uncommon Goods thinks so too. Do you know about the cool online catalog called Uncommon Goods? If you don't, it's high time you do. We just made the final rounds for the Uncommon Goods Jewelry Contest and we're pretty excited! Our 8-pointed Star is the piece that made the cut- Check it out and vote for us!
Our 8 Pointed Star holds a special place in my heart. The very first one I made, left on a journey, venturing out into the wide wide world and ultimately came back home, content to live out his days in familiar surroundings (read the story here...)
When we made the finals in the contest, Emily, our liaison with Uncommon Goods asked me to write a short product story about the necklace and it got me to thinking. As most of you know, I've been designing intentional jewelry from the beginning. I became particularly interested in symbolism when I started to pay attention to the way the world presented itself to me. I've had so many different phases in my life where things showed up repeatedly. Sometimes it was a certain animal or shape, other times it was a name or a song or an object. It started off years ago when I was in Mexico on my honeymoon. A big fat Raven came and landed on my chair and looked me straight in the eye for 20 seconds. It was an intense, heartfelt connection and neither of us moved. When he finally flew away, I turned to my husband and said that bird was trying to tell me something. Later that day at an internet cafe, I checked my email and found that my dear Grandpa Dan had died hours before. I knew without a doubt that the Raven had been bringing me that message. I've often felt like it may have been the spirit of my Grandpa coming to say goodbye. I continued to see ravens throughout the whole trip and still do actually. They hold a special place in my heart. Many years later, when I told the story to a friend, she told me to look up the symbolism of Ravens and sure enough, it resonated completely. From that point on, I became fascinated with the signs and signals the universe was constantly sending me.
Love this Raven from Trumbly Designs on Etsy
Back to the 8 Pointed Star. A few years ago, I started seeing this star everywhere. I had never even known there was an 8 pointed star until suddenly, it was everywhere I looked. When I researched the symbolism, this is what I found:
The Eight Pointed Star is an ancient and universal symbol, as well as the first compass in the history of humanity. It guides your way to a new life, giving you clarity of vision to see the future through a lens of hope, healing and beauty. It also bestows nurturing energies. A symbol of optimism, 8 pointed star assures you that unexpected help is coming and serves to help bring about a renewal of good fortune in the material world.
I fell in love with the meaning and like all good artists do when they're inspired; I decided to make a piece of jewelry using the symbol. It turned out beautifully and then I forgot about it. If you read the earlier post I talked about above, you know that I sold it and it was gone. I didn't think anything of it until a few months later, I got very ill. It was some kind of flu and after 2 weeks, it wasn't getting better. I was sick, depressed and totally fearful. I couldn't get out of bed, I couldn't take care of my kids and I couldn't work. It was devastating and I had no idea what I was going to do. I dragged myself to the doctor (again) and as I was sitting in the examination room on the verge of breakdown, I looked up and saw a beautifully framed Tarot card hanging on the wall. The Star Card. I was so touched that I got teary. Because I knew the symbolism of that particular star (notice 8 of them on this card), I knew that it was another message from the universe to have hope and that everything was going to be just fine. Relief.
So you see, when Whitney and I started developing the Divine ~ Align Collection, in which every piece holds a specific symbolic meaning, I knew we had to include an 8 pointed Star. I knew that we needed to offer a piece that our customers could wear to remind them to have hope and trust that they were indeed taken care of and that everything would ultimately turn out just fine. Looks like it was a good idea!
Now, don't forget to click through to Uncommon Goods and vote for us and our little star! Thank you!