I recently had the pleasure of designing a piece for Shannon Paige, a local yoga teacher in Boulder. Shannon is a dynamic woman and is very full of energy and life. She brought me this ring (her old wedding ring) and asked me to do something new with it. I love the energy around taking old sentimental pieces and redesigning them into new pieces with new meaning. It can actually be an important rite of passage when one is doing personal work and I see this often when I consult with women on their designs and also in my coaching practice. It's very liberating to be able to consciously create new stories while still maintaining a connection to our personal histories.
Shannon gave me very little direction, essentially letting me completely design the piece. Knowing that she had a penchant for stars, I decided to set this gorgeous yellow sapphire facet side up so as to showcase the buttery shimmer of the sapphire. I cut a star out of the back plate which I constructed from the melted metal of the ring as well as a bar of sterling she wanted me to use on the project. The back side is inscribed with the words "Aham Prema" which means Divine Love (this was the only direction she gave me) and aren't those just the loveliest words to wear up against your skin?!
I also added a star to the chain since repetition is always pleasing to the human eye. The chain is 24" and I broke it up with woven crystals and gemstones and also oxidized sections of the chain to provide visual interest. Judging from the way Shannon jumped up and down and put the necklace right on, I'm pretty sure she loved it!