Mercury Retrograde

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It used to be that I didn't know Mercury Retrograde even existed.  To think of all those years that I hummed merrily along and never stopped to think about the stars at all!  In my world, there was no rhyme or reason. Things happened to me (as if I had nothing to do with it) and I went with the flow... unless of course I went against it.

I didn't know that I was a co-creator or that there was this wonderful thing outside of me, outside of the world even, that existed and brought a specific rhythm to the planet, the pull of the tides, the emotions of the humans.

But now I know that there's more.

The alignment of the stars, the rotation of the planets all have specific and direct effects on, well everything.  We are currently in a period called Mercury Retrograde.  I'm sure you've heard that term as it seems to be everywhere I look right now and it also seems to be effecting everyone.  I hear cries of "watch out!" and "oh no!" every time our friend Planet Mercury stations in the sky and appears to go backward for a few weeks.  Mercury is after all the fastest moving planet and it does rule over all kinds of communication (among other things).  So when it goes retrograde, it can make life, especially the parts of life that fall in the realm of communication (electronics, relationships, travel etc.) go a little glitchy.

But...and here's the view I like to take: retrograde of any planet provides the chance to do some great work.  REview, REtrace, REvisit.  "RE- things"  Get it?  So yes, you will likely experience some unanticipated confusion and obstacles during a Mercury Retrograde cycle but you also have this wonderful window in which you have the opportunity to zoom out and put on your birds-eye perspective.  What hasn't been working?  What needs to change?  How can this thing or relationship in your life function more fluidly?  These are the kinds of questions and answers involved in a Mercury Retrograde.  So get excited!

What do you want to examine during this period that lasts from May 18-19-June 11-12, 2015?  What needs to be said?  What needs to be addressed?  Be intentional.  Decide what it is that you're ready to make better.  The answers and the solutions will arise.

{Want some more information on Mercury Retrograde?  Check out these amazing astrologers}

Chani Nicolas

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Hibiscus Moon (check out this great article for more information on crystals and gemstones that help during Mercury Retros!)

Trusting the Process

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I've been in the transition from artist to teacher for a few years now, and as one of my amazing mentors Michelle Vos says, it's a marathon, not a sprint.   Well said right?!   For years now (this is not an exaggeration) I've wanted to make the decision.  Decide what to do with Luscious Metals, decide how to move forward in a coaching capacity.  But this transition has been a process and a practice in patience.  Grrrr.  Up until this point, I simply didn't have the clarity I needed to make the decisions.  Life is like that you know?  We want something now.  We want the change now.  We want the fruit now.  But it doesn't work like that.  I liken it to a growing season; if we want to harvest, we have to do the work.  We need to plant the seeds and water the garden and that takes time, but what we learn about the land along the way is invaluable to the process.  The answers simply don't present themselves without doing the work.

Last night there was the second eclipse of a 2 part series.  The first eclipse on March 20 coincided with the  spring equinox and was a solar eclipse on a new moon.  The eclipse was all about release. What am I leaving behind?  In a nutshell, needing to know.  I've driven myself almost crazy trying to know.  I wanted to know what to expect, where I stood, what to do.  In The Secret to Achieving Your Goals class that I teach, there's an entire section in the curriculum dedicated to the idea that "success is just a decision away."   I believe that to be true but in this case it took me 2 years to be able to apply that concept to my career.   In my case, the decision I had to make was to be okay with not knowing.  It was really easy.  And just making that single decision felt like an entire growing season filled with drought and fire.  But once I got there, some answers started to appear.  And that brings me to now, still soaking in the charge of the full moon eclipse that occurred last night.  This eclipse was all about making the shift, changing.  So I'm setting intentions and making plans that feel really good.  I'm bringing in fresh energy to create what I want and transitioning.   There are still so many unknowns but I'm okay with that.  I'm trusting the process.  Taking it one tiny step at a time feels good and the tiny step for this week is to put a ton of the jewelry I have in the studio on sale.  Check out that sale here.  There are old and new pieces, one of a kind and some production -- everything is beautiful!

So my question for you is what are you releasing?  What do you intend to bring more of into your life in these next few months?

 

 

Worthiness

This was taken for a jewelry shoot we did a few years ago by Beth Sanders and it's one of my favorites.natha (15 of 172) Beth Sanders is a visual storyteller.  She takes astonishing images and she's like the very best parts of your mother, best friend, coach, mentor and teacher all in one.  This woman makes you feel comfortable and beautiful in front of the camera and that's important; if you don't feel confident as the photo is being taken, guess what?  It'll show in the finished product.  This is why the subjects of her photos all look so damn good- they feel good as they're being photographed.  So these days she's doing way more than just photographing people.  She's just launched something new.  It's called The Worthiness Project with partner Marlene Zaleznick.  Marlene and Beth work closely with women who are exhausted with the task of hating their bodies.

I am hard pressed to find a woman over the age of 12 who doesn't have at least a small amount of criticism regarding her body.  I see it surface all the time as I coach clients and I see it in myself and my friends.  We're living in a culture in which body shame is is accepted and expected.  We hear our mother's lamenting over their imperfect bodies and we learn that we must do that too.  We see that same sentiment repeated over and over in the media and modeled by our peers and figure it must be normal.

And where this steady diet of body shame used to be an accepted norm for females, I have begun to see and meet many women  that are tired of that paradigm.  These women are refusing to perpetuate the self hatred.  They're doing the inner work so that they can take back their power and their own perception of themselves.

Through a unique combination of body centered, empowerment coaching and art photography, Beth and Marlene are helping their clients do just that.  The images of their work that I've seen and the stories I'v heard them tell (with the permission of their clients of course) have all been profoundly moving.   If you're tired of hating your body and you're ready to see your yourself in a new and appreciative light, check out The Worthiness Project for more information.

And another one! Goals Class 3.0

Okay I'm releasing another Secret to Achieving Your Goals class!  It starts Monday April 6 and meets from 1-2pm MST for 12 consecutive weeks.  This is a tele-course so anyone can take it.  Have you been looking for something?  Knowing there was something out there that could make you feel better, change your perspective, shift your life?  Well, consider this your sign.  This is what you've been looking for.  Oooh I have the chills just typing that.  Check out this link for more information and to register.  goals class promoOh and guess what- this class is on sale for $125!!  But not for long-- I don't know when TSTLC (I teach this class through them) will be ending the sale so act fast!  If you have any questions please message me, I would love to connect with you and answer them.  natha(at) nathaperkins.com

The Amethyst Scarab

The Scarab What do dreams mean?  Do any of you know?  In my experience,  the quality and quantity of my dreams really run the gambit.  Sometimes they're a total blur, other times they're vivid.  Sometimes I get distinct messages and sometimes they make no sense at all.  I do have reoccurring dreams.  Occasionally I have reoccurring dreams that take place in specific houses and then actually see those houses in real life (in places I've never been before).  No, really.  And I've been flying in dreams for as long as I can remember.  In fact, being able to fly in my dreams feels so very real to me that I'm actually surprised that I can't manage to get lift off in my waking life.  So I think there something more to our dream states than most people are willing to see.

Throughout my coaching training and spiritual studies, I've heard it said that dreams are actually our lives happening in parallel dimensions or that we work on emotional pieces of our current lives that we aren't capable of reaching when we're conscious.  Both of those explanations make sense to me and then again, dreams might just be our subconscious running on autopilot.  And that makes sense to me too.  I suspect it's a combination of all that with a few dashes of magic thrown in just for interest.

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This is Amy and she's a painter and she's the one who started this whole topic.  Her paintings are bright and vivid and have a very dream like quality to them.  I'm telling you this because this Scarab Amulet began as a literal dream.  My client Amy contacted me after having a dream about an Amethyst Scarab pendant.  There's beautiful symbolism linked to the Scarab; they're regarded as sacred in ancient Egypt and actually considered a symbol of infinite life.  The Scarab is also associated with sacred knowledge and astral travel.  Typically a Scarab is a beetle carved out of stone but in this case, I happened to have this amazing 14 carat faceted Amethyst already.  As soon as we began to discuss the idea of her pendant, this beautiful juicy stone popped into my head.  This Amethyst is seriously as big as a halved grape and it is every bit as luscious.

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Amethyst is the stone from her dream and it's also Amy's birthstone (it's the stone for February).  Amethyst has some very distinct healing properties.  It is said that wearing an Amethyst can heighten your intuition and bring you a sense of inner peace and it's also good to wear when you're wanting to change old habits and patterns.  You'll notice that there is also a tiny little blue sapphire set in the third eye position of the piece.  Sapphire is said to bring good fortune, heavenly insight and awareness.

In researching for this project, I got really excited because the symbolism of the Scarab itself (sacred knowledge, infinite life), the Amethyst stone (heightening of intuition), the blue sapphire (insight and awareness) and the inscription she chose (Infinite Love) all fit with each other so seamlessly.  She even thought up the idea in a dream (astral travel)!  We didn't choose them to fit like that- they just did.  She came to me with her dream and ideas and I transformed them into a pendant and it was all totally synchronistic.   I chose the blue sapphire based on the color and she chose the inscription because of some work she's been doing.  Never once did we get together and start looking for stones, ideas and words that fit a common theme.  This happens with myself and my clients all the time.  It's as if the Universe has a certain idea or prompt if you will and the two of us work together to manifest it.

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If you want to work on creating a custom power Amulet for yourself, please send me a message at natha (at) lusciousmetals.com .  I have a really fun process that I use with my clients when we're creating to help you get clear on what you want.  Know too that these pieces will hold the energy of your intentions so they are really quite powerful in helping you to create what you want (and what the Universe wants for you!)

 

Freedom...

Beth ring3 Blue Topaz can assist in opening up ones throat chakra, which in turn heightens the ability to communicate.  This makes it a very powerful stone to use when you wish to express yourself in a meaningful way, both when speaking and writing.  This is also a brilliant stone to use in guiding one to think more freely and easily.

So the word FREEDOM as  it turns out,  is such a fitting word to inscribe on this custom ring.  It really is a stone that represents the beautiful and liberating freedom of the voice and the mind.  In my coaching practice, I've noticed that more women than ever are exercising their voices, speaking about their experiences and asking for what they want and this relates very fluidly to the idea of freedom and "coming out of the closet" with who we really are.  As a designer, I have found that the majority of the orders I work on these days are custom amulets, so this ring is of course completely in alignment with what I see happening on a large scale.

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I loved creating this ring for Beth.  She came to my studio and actually chose the stone and the word long before we researched the symbolism, so learning about the healing properties of the stone really makes this ring even more powerful.  This stone is a rose cut London Blue Topaz, set in 18k gold bezel on reticulated silver.  There are 3 10k gold bolts and the band is set with 6 tiny 2mm stones in Emerald, Blue Topaz, Blue Sapphire, Zircon and Aquamarine.

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Beth came to me wanting to design a ring to celebrate her life as it looks these days.  Beth Walker is a well known makeup artist in the Denver area and quite often has photographs taken of her hands as she applies makeup to models.  Her rings get seen, if you know what I mean!  Because she's a visual artist she expressed to me that it was very important to her that the things she wears are aesthetically beautiful and also that they make her feel good.  In designing this ring, she not only got to choose the colors, stones and metals that she was in love with, she also got to infuse the piece with the energy of the word FREEDOM.  Makes me want to take a deep breath and relax into that!   To see more of her work, go here.

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Designing power pieces for clients is something I feel very passionate about and I'm always delighted when I get to work on a new piece that I know is going to be very special and meaningful for that person.  If you have custom inquiries, please send me a message and I can answer any questions you may have.  Customer service (at) luscious metals.com

 

~Natha

The thing about roses...

Does anyone else out there have an interesting relationship with decisions? I mentioned a few months ago that I was in a place of transition with my life and was going to shut the doors on Luscious Metals and moving into coaching full time.  And that seemed like the logical thing to do a few months ago when I wrote that post.  In fact, I spent the better part of the fall and holiday season, preparing for and talking about doing just that.  I was ready to close the business and start coaching and teaching classes full time.  Done deal.

A little disclaimer-- I make slow decisions.  It's not because I'm waiting for something better to come along, or that I put my head in the sand and avoid.  It's more like... I can't decide because I just don't know.   I have to weigh the options and wait for the answers to appear and sometimes it takes a really long time.  I thought the answer had appeared (although on deeper inspection of that statement, no I didn't.  I forced an answer because I thought it was the thing to do).  "Make a decision and stick with it!"  (Who did I learn that from?)  Fast forward into February and that super concrete, absolute,  precarious decision has changed a bit.  The truth is,  so did the information I was using to make the decision in the first place.  Am I making sense here?  Welcome to my world.  I always used to think I was a flake but it turns out, I'm just fluid.

So here we are, a whole month into this brand new year and I've been fluidly coaching classes AND running Luscious Metals and it's actually working out nicely.   I've had a slew of the most amazing custom orders come across my bench and I've been loving creating again (as opposed to just doing production on existing designs.)

I'm launching another series of The Secret to Achieving Your Goals class.  This 12 week course is so phenomenal by the way- I am so honored to be teaching this class.  I'm watching women grow by leaps and bounds as they learn about themselves right before my very eyes, and that is exactly why I'm coaching.

So life is good and while there are still some major changes that will be happening, they are a few months off.  In the meantime, I feel like the chaos of last year has settled down and I'm settling into this dream life I've been working on creating.  Changes will come and decisions will be made and instead of rushing the process of any of it, I'm letting things unfold organically.  The most beautiful part of the rose isn't necessarily the full bloom, every stage is amazing in its own right.  From seed to sprout, vine to bud to blossom... I'm enjoying it all.

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Yellow Star

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. IMG_3801

 

 

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?!

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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!

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Intentional Charms

I haven't been posting here as much as I've wanted to but sometimes life is like that.  There's always an ebb and flow,  sometimes the tide is high and all you can do is watch; other times the tide is low and you have plenty of time to gather and create and act.  I've found that at least for me, I can't predict what any given month will bring and I'm okay with that because I don't like monotony anyway. I wanted to share a really fun project I got to work on for an old friend.  She contacted me about making a charm bracelet.  Although she didn't exactly say it in so many words, I think she wanted this piece to help re-inspire her.  I recognized in her description of what she wanted a yearning for something more, some deeper sense of meaning.  I think many of us reach a point in our lives where we've achieved so many of the things we aspired to, we've travelled, found love, given birth to children or careers and yet we find ourselves at a crossroads.  Knowing that we have it all and still longing for more, something we can't quite put our fingers on.  It's almost as if our lives "come up for review" and though it often feels painful and confusing, it gives us  the push we need to cultivate a deeper relationship with ourselves.

photo-4This bracelet has stones in the colors of a sunset and every charm (including a custom one we made for her) represents something specific to her and her life, something that she's grateful for and inspired by.  There is so much power and energy in this piece and I truly believe it will help guide her in the next leg of her journey, as all amulets do.

The Secret to Achieving Your Goals

STAYG headshot_lg file I'm so excited to start this class!  Come spend 12 weeks with me learning how to make amazing things happen in your life.   What a great way to kick off the new year!

Do you have lots of ideas and very little follow through?  Is there something in your life that you've been wanting to create but just can't seem to give it the attention it needs?  Whether it's losing weight, starting a business or improving a relationship The Secret to Achieving Your Goals will help you move through any blocks you may have straight into freedom.

Ways your life will change from taking this class:

1.  Improved ability to focus

2.  Reprogramming of old outdated beliefs

3.  Learn to develop and cultivate approval for yourself

4.  Learn how to manifest more abundance, money, love and happiness (this is the best part!)

One of the things that I love so much about this class is that it's not just listening to audios and doing worksheets.  The people in the class form a mastermind, a sacred circle within which your transformation will be deep.  I use a combination of one on one coaching, Law of Attraction principles, hands on exercises and subconscious reprogramming to teach you how to redirect your focus and start creating the kind of life you want to live.

This class is not a magic wand that will take away all of your problems.  YOU are the magic wand.  Deciding to take your experience into your own hands and create a new, more expansive life is a choice you have to make.  If you're ready to say yes to a more satisfying life and you're willing to do the work to claim it, then this class will be magical.  This class will absolutely help support you on that journey and provide you with the tools you need to thrive.  Believe me, you will experience some very profound changes.

The Secret to Achieving your Goals curriculum was developed by The Secret To Life Coaching and has been taught to 1,000's of people around the world and it works.  People are able to create new jobs, happy relationships, better health and all of those juicy things we want to get our hands on.  It's about changing the way you think and operate in your world.  It's about being brave enough and determined enough to create the life of your dreams.  Come learn how to do just that.

Next step:  Please email me here at nathaperkins(at)gmail.com for more information and to schedule a preliminary coaching session.  This session is FREE (no obligation) and will be extremely helpful and life changing in and of itself.  I always like to offer a free session up front just to be sure you're a good fit for the class and I'm a good fit for you!

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Class start: Start date is January 6  (class meets every tuesday at this time for 12 weeks)

Class Time: 10am MST the class is one hour long

Location: This is a tele-course.  All classes will be taught live and on the phone.  Classes will be recorded and available for listening  at any time.  I am in the Unites States but I welcome international students!  The call in number is toll-free and easy to use for people around the world.

Supplies:  The books we will be using and reading in this class are as follows:

-The Science of Being Great, by Wallace Wattles

-The Law of attraction, by Jerry and Ester Hicks

-You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hays

You can do this, you're wonderful, you're brave, you're amazing.  Come prove it to yourself! Come join us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excitement!

As I mentioned before, Luscious Metals is about to do some changing.  Many of you know that my attention has been split over the last few years.  I've been running this company as well as completing some rigorous training in the world of personal development.  I was certified to become a Master Life Coach and began to coach with a phenomenal company called The Secret to Life Coaching last year and I'm still totally immersed in education and various trainings with a focus on psychology and spirituality.   I've been part jeweler, part life coach and part student for 3+ years now and it's been a whirlwind and a balancing act. d53ba6dabda2b46133961439ad8c17a5

I've always believed that jewelry is more than just an accessory and I always stayed true to the vision of creating intentional jewelry.  My collections  have focused on pieces that were beautiful but also  meaningful and powerful; when women feel beautiful and loved, they are infinitely more powerful.  As a brand, we worked with the concept of love by creating the Sweetheart Collection.  This line of jewelry was meant to be sentimental and worn as a reminder of all the love we have in our lives and I'm so proud to say that there are hundreds if not thousands of women out there today wearing our pieces inscribed with the names of their babies, husbands, pets and special dates.  We embraced the empowerment concept by inscribing powerful and motivational words on almost every piece of jewelry we make and also by holding contests like our Real Life Beauty promotion last year.  We've brought in healing gemstones, culturally symbolic jewelry and metaphysical information in many ways too- like our  7 Weeks of Rainbows Celebration and our Divine ~ Align Collection.  My vision was to present holistic information that related to all of us as women; I wanted to be more than a brand selling products but rather a brand that empowered us to be wise and confident and feel loved.  It's been a journey and a success but I'm ready to bring these concepts to a deeper and broader level.  While I have loved designing and manufacturing 1,000's of pieces of jewelry over the years, I don't feel that jewelry and jewelry marketing is in alignment with where I am now and the gifts that I have to offer at this point.

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So, here are the changes I've been talking about:  I'm going to go straight into coaching and teaching classes full time and essentially close shop at Luscious Metals.  Over the next few weeks I'll be releasing new one of a kind pieces for sale through the holiday season and will be wrapping it up after that.

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I'll also be launching my new website soon and will have new offerings  to share with you!  In the meantime, I have 2 classes scheduled.  One is an Angel Wing Pendant Workshop December 6 (you can register for that by clicking this link) and the other is a class called The Secret to Achieving your Goals (starts Tuesday January 6 at 10am MST)  This is a 12 week course I teach for The Secret to Life Coaching.  It is a tele course that meets once a week over the phone so it's easy to take for anyone, anywhere.  In this course I will teach you to reprogram your old beliefs around what it is possible to create in your life.  Do you have something you've been wanting to bring into fruition and haven't been able to make it happen?   Changes that you've been wanting to make?  This is the perfect class for you! It's also a great class for anyone who wants to learn how to make decisions and really show up in their life, and it is truly a transformational class.   If this sounds interesting to you, please email me at nathaperkins [at] gmail.com to schedule a free coaching session.  This single session alone will be life changing and will  help you get a good idea of what to expect in the class so you can decide if you'd like to move forward and enroll in the class.  Please know that this session in no way obligates you to work with me either!  (Maybe you just need a free coaching session!)

Look for the Holiday Collection release and more info coming soon.  I'm so excited!

Cha-cha-cha-cha-Changes...

37baf13cb250ad9f694e89ae3626dc4fI haven't blogged since July. Wow! 2014 has been quite a year. I won't be the same person leaving this year as I was coming in and I know there are many of you in the same boat. The old ways of being have simply stopped working and we've been prompted to move forward from places of deeper intention then we have in the past. Have you noticed this in your own life? What are you being asked to change and reinvent?

I've definitely been challenged by The Universe to make some changes. You know when you're confused by something and you repeatedly ask yourself rhetorical questions like "what am I supposed to be doing here?", "whats next?" and "which road should I be headed down?"   I've been in that place for a long time now and as those that are close to me can tell you, (because they're sick of  me asking too) I've been in a weird state of limbo for...years. Although I'm pretty adept at floating along in uncertainty and there is a kind of relaxation within it, I've grown very tired of this not knowing place.

But now I know. Or at least I know some. And like I said, I'm being forced kicking and screaming asked to face some fears, unload some stuff that isn't working and to take another step towards my next journey. My jewelry business of 11 years is going to be changing quite a bit too and I'm really excited about that. In the now famous words of Elsa from Frozen, I'm about to let it go.

More on that in my next post (which I promise will be soon)

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Lucky Nights

colorado clouds When I was younger, I used describe the extravagant celebrations that I imagined the fairies were having in the sunset clouds. I explained that their magical parties full of firecrackers and dancing were actually what created the beautiful sunset colors.

Now-a-days when I spot sunset clouds like these; clouds that are shot through with rays of the sun, I always imagine them to be angel clouds. They just seem to embody the light and presence that angels seem like they must have. There's something that feels very right, and very much like a gift for that matter about getting to gaze at sunset clouds like these. Like finding a lucky penny or a beautiful feather or a seeing a shooting star.

Workshop Series

Sex workshopWe're excited to announce the beginning of a series of cool workshops where we collaborate with amazing women from our community and combine what they know: Reiki, yoga, food, beauty, music etc. with what we know: art. All of the workshops will have components of inner-work, self healing and integration through art.

This is exciting for me because as many of you know, alongside developing my business into a lifestyle brand where we make and sell intentional jewelry, (jewelry that is specifically meant to empower and have meaning to it's wearer), Ive also been training and working as a Certified Life Coach. In trying to find a cohesive way to integrate my art and jewelry design background with my interest in helping people (women specifically) re-discover themselves, I decided that a great way to begin the process was to begin hosting workshops where both of my passions could be supported and developed while also promoting other healers in my community. It feels like a win-win.

The First one is Called Your Inner Sexual Goddess and is being held in Boulder Colorado on July 19 from 10am-2pm. I will be co- teaching this one with Janet Raftis of Totem Guidance. Janet is a Reiki practitioner among other things and I'm super excited to get to work with her! If you're in the Boulder-Denver area, come join us! If not, the plan is to eventually do workshops around the country so if you're someone who is interested in collaborating with me to produce a workshop in your city, email us at customerservice@lusciousmetals.com.

RAW: Natural Born Artists

awakening_RAWImagine this: 30 or so bad-ass artists setting up booths in one of downtown Boulder's hip clubs. Nude paintings, abstract paintings, steam-punk jewelry, gemstone necklaces and rings, wood burning demo's, a short film, clothing designers, silk-screeners and 2 incredible fashion shows. We had the pleasure of being part of this amazing show last week! RAW was unlike any show we've ever done. A huge shout out and thank you to Johnnie Kuhn who was the head of the show. He seriously pulled off quite a feat. It's no small task to plan and execute a huge event like this one. RAW 2

The nightclub scene was high energy but the crowd was beautifully curated. People were interested, talkative and curious. One of my favorite parts were the 2 fashion shows. These indie designers really showed up! They designed clothes and orchestrated such beautiful performances. The hair and makeup artists also did an outstanding job. Their models were true examples of "real life beauty" which I talk a lot about here at Luscious Metals. I love it when women get opportunities to showcase their inner and outer beauty in artistic and creative (and non conforming) ways. RAW 1

The visual artists showed up with their beautiful art as well. Every time I do one of these shows, I see hard evidence that despite the lack of funding for art in the schools these days, there are still so many highly creative people out there that are creating art anyway. I got to chat with a handful of artists and it was such a pleasure. It's always so fun to get to talk to our peers in the indie art community to exchange ideas and discuss potential collaborations! All in all, it was a fabulous show.

"RAW:natural born artists is an independent arts organization, for artists, by artists. We're an international community made up of creative individuals across the globe. Our mission is to provide independent artists within the first 10 years of their career with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity. We welcome all genres of art including independent film, fashion, music, visual art, performing art, hairstylists, makeup artists and more. We encourage the creative success of the many visionaries and storytellers of our generation. RAW currently operates in nearly 60 cities across the United States, Australia, Canada and, now London"

Dear Valentine,

heartOh Valentine’s Day…you tricky little holiday you. You’d have us believe that it’s all about love; who we love, who loves us, how we love, how much we love... You make it seem as if chocolates and roses and jewelry and fancy meals are the very proof of the existence of all of this love. You put on your fancy costumes of red sparkle, brown shine and pink glitter and you parade yourself through our stores and classrooms and internet whispering things like “love is in the air” and insinuating that we must be shown love from the people in our lives in order to feel loved. But that’s not quite how it works. It’s not about how much other people love us, it’s about how much we love ourselves. If there are ways in which we don’t, then it will be reflected back to us through our experiences with other people. This is why days like Valentine’s Day can be such a letdown for some of us. The chocolates don’t come or the flowers aren’t pretty enough or someone else is madly in love and we aren’t etc. The love we lack isn’t reflected back to us and we get angry or depressed. But if we spend our time hoping for things and people outside of us to make us feel good then we ostensibly spend our whole lives chasing the dragon. The key is in learning how to provide that love and reflection for yourself. So I challenge everyone reading this to find at least one way that you aren’t loving yourself right now. One way in which you are obstinately waiting for someone else to make you feel whole. Once you find it, ask yourself this: Can I decide to love myself instead? Am I willing to take responsibility for making myself whole? My Valentine wish for you is that your answers are yes…

Reasons we're beautiful that have nothing to do with the way we look

RLB collage_blogLast fall, we decided to host a celebration giveaway where we asked all of our customers and fans to send in photos of themselves wearing rings and necklaces and bracelets all made by Luscious Metals Jewelry. We had an incredible response! We called it the Real Life Beauty Celebration. We just wanted to honor women for being beautiful. Not beautiful because they were young or thin or had smooth skin, but beautiful because they were bakers and teachers and mothers and artists and friends. Beauty is something that develops as a result of who we are, not what we look like. It seems like today more than ever, there's such disparity between that truth and the lie that says that in order to be considered beautiful, we must conform to specific standards. We just wanted to do our part to help dispel the myth that says that thin, young (and wealthy!) was the fastest track toward beauty. Because it isn't. RLB collage_blog2 To see the photo collection in its entirety, check out our instagram account and also our facebook page.

You're wearing THAT?

What Not To WearI went to have lunch with my daughter today who's in elementary school and while were were eating, I noticed a boy wearing a T-shirt that had the word Rancid scrawled across it in big red words that were (presumably) meant to look like dripping blood. I know clothing like this is fashionable in certain circles but it always makes me cringe to see people actually wearing them. It seems to be mostly young men that I've seen wearing shirts that say things like "loser" and "rancid" and of course there are quite a few death metal bands that have names like "Carcass" and "Venom" (I'm serious!) and true to form, they print brutal and bloody images alongside their names on their concert T shirts and then people buy them. And actually wear them. Like I said, I cringe for the men who wear these words and images so close to their skin. Not just because I find them to be aesthetically distasteful (I'm sorry- I do) but because I'm fully aware of the effect that words have on water and we ourselves are 60% water. I cant help but assume that on some level, wearing dis-empowering words so closely to our bodies would make us feel...dis-empowered. I found this great short video demonstrating some of the experiments of Dr. Masuro Emoto who was able to scientifically prove that kind and loving words affected water quite differently than mean and hateful words.

Wearing Words of Beauty Instead As many of you know, this is the very idea behind the jewelry that we design. Almost all of our pieces include space to add a word or a name because if wearing sweet and loving words against our skin can help change the water chemistry in our bodies for the better, well, that's a win win. Wearing pretty things makes us feel good; they garner us compliments (which also make us feel good) and as we now know, help to raise our consciousness (which also feels good). So here's the way I like to look at it: if we make it our goal to feel good most of the time then every little step we take to facilitate this gets us closer to that goal. Ditch the downer words and don the delightful ones. Makes sense to me. word trilogy_blog You can find these pieces and many more like it on our website lusciousmetals.com. From left to right: Hammered Nuggets, Spellbound Ring, My Love Necklace.

Something Blue

Sally RIngI got to attend a beautiful wedding this past fall. It was in a cozy little mountain inn and although it was only early October, it was a snowy day. The bride looked beautiful and as tradition mandates, she wore a gorgeous white dress along with something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Because the bride Sally is dear friend of mine, I wanted to make her a piece of jewelry to wear and I figured "something blue" seemed like the perfect fit. IMG_0815 I had a huge chunky Ametrine in my studio that I've been wanting to use and this seemed like the perfect time to do so. Ametrine. Ever heard of it? Neither had I until my dear friend Johnnie who's a stone whiz (and alchemy wizard) sent me a few. Ametrine is a variety of quartz that's typically a combination of purple amethyst and yellow citrine. The color differences visible within Ametrines are due to differing oxidation states of iron within the crystal. In a nutshell, when a stone is heat treated (naturally in this case) it changes the color of the crystal. Blue and yellow Ametrine is not naturally occurring, it is lab created but Im a big fan of lab created gemstones because they're very eco-friendly. It's important to note that lab created gemstones are not lower in quality but their environmental impact is most certainly lower. sally ring 4 I love Sally. She is the co-owner and co-mastermind behind Alchemy Mineral Blends and she is an amazing woman. She is also a collector of Luscious Metals so it made so much sense to me to make her something beautiful and custom to wear at her wedding. What an honor! I love you Sally! sally ring 2