We had a moon flower near the back door of my childhood home in Kalamazoo, MI. It was a glorious and magical sight. The trumpet shaped flowers opening up at night under the moonlight. Their white glow. The gigantic moth species they attract. Their spiked seed pods. (It was only later their poisonous reality was revealed - after people died from eating them.) Moon Flowers are truly something from a fairytale, magical motion picture, or a dreamy state. This childhood memory is what inspired the pieces in this multi-phase jewelry collection. The vision of utter beauty, mystery, and even danger. The allure. The ability to bloom at night like the Moon Flower. Who could have imagined that? For the Moon Flower Collection I sourced gemstone beads that remind me of mature Moon Flower plants abundantly blooming at night with the full moon shining on them and attracting lunar moths.
Abundant fragrance, large deep green leaves, blossoming white flowers, a vision in the night.
This is a divinely feminine energy with vitally masculine expression - a naturally glorious inspiration for jewelry design. Inherent beauty with the instinctual need to reveal it. The desire to obtain and devour but the necessity and warning not to. Alluring aromas with distinct boundaries. Flirtatious Danger.
Powerfully Mysterious the Moon Flower.
A list of the gemstone and gemstone beads used to design Moon Flower Phases 1-3: Rhodochrosite, Spider Web Jasper, Jade, Ocean Jasper, Sunstone, Blue Lace Agate, Obsidian, Petoskey Stone, Moonstone, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Tourmaline. Hematoid Quartz, Smokey Quartz, Topaz, Garnet, Prehnite, Carnelian, Mook Jasper, Tangerine Quartz, Fossilized Coral, Clear Quartz, Rutilated Quartz.
An assortment of colorful gemstones that assist in articulating the Moon Flower Energies. The give and take of life. The magical glow of a moon flower in the moon light. The beads were sourced from Intrinsic Trading out of Texas and local bead shops in Metro-Detroit. Crystals are sourced from a collection of our favorite suppliers. Some crystals were sourced by our hands and travel directly from the earth or a local miner.
I designed with Copper, Brass, and Silver metals for this collection. One set features 14k gold and copper, our first pieces to feature gold. The main vision I went for is a 'Moon Glow'. Meaning the glow of any item at night refracting the moons light and that halo of glow around the moon in the night sky. This is why I chose glowing greens and flashing sheens in beads. For something to glow, there needs to be stark contrast between colors. Darker tones of stones give depth to the jewel. Some gemstones flash or glow with color, motion or at a glance. The metals durably linked together one loop at a time. Adorned with solid metal chains, all so we can connect and synchronize with the gemstone beads.
Jewelry is more than a pretty little thing. It's an honoring of your being. The adorning and appreciating of your spirit. Connecting with the earth through the ancient wisdom instilled within crystal formations. The natural shapes. Each creation we're inspired to make with them. Jewelry is romantic like basking in the moon light, blossoming just like the Moon Flower. The honoring and blessing of your body with jewels as beautiful and naturally occurring as you.
Gemstones can highlight and inspire great attributes within us. Every collection is made with gemstone energies in mind but these most recent designs are my most potent. How do we connect with gems? There are many ways - wearing jewelry among them... I like to read about gemstones. Crystals hold their own as company in any room. I like to live with them around to see if there are any noticeable differences in aspects of my life, my energy, and over all emotions. You can meditate with them to experience their auras or add to yours. Experience crystal energies during any plethora of activities. Get active, play sports, work out, go hiking, climbing. Anything. Some gemstones are especially attuned to specific energies. All gemstones can connect with us. The metals have properties too.
Phase II of the Moon Flower Collection features my first precious metal clay rings. They are made of .999 fine silver with a spirit quartz pressed into the surface. This crystalline texture is why I call them 'Silver Spirit'. It felt amazing to use a torch again after years of wrapping wire. There are incredible possibilities ahead and I cannot wait to explore metal clays more.
There is not a warmer metal combination than Copper and Rose Gold and this necklace / earring set is a perfect example. We used solid 14k rose gold lever-back ear wires for the earrings as well as a 1.5 mm elongated cable chain for the necklace. These Chlorite included Smokey Quartz are sourced directly from Brazil by way of Brian Cook with Nature's Geometry. You can see the crystal points are set in electro-formed copper. The accent beads are deep red tones Mook Jasper sourced from a local bead shop in Metro-Detroit. A stunning set to say the least.
You may notice a motif of vintage key pendants in phases of the Moon Flower Collection. These are Secret Garden Keys. The keys are thrifted and vintage. If we think of the different phases of the collection as areas in a Moon Flower garden - These keys unlock areas of the gardens perhaps with cast iron fences and fancy sculpted topiary walls. That's at least how I imagined them - unlocking various dreamy sections of flower, sculpture and crystal filled gardens. Perhaps a couple drawing or paintings are in order.
Phase II will begin releasing online this week and into May. The first three bracelets are available now as well as the Silver Spirit rings and the 14k Rose Gold, copper & smokey Quartz earring/necklace set. Thank you for being here. For any questions, custom inquiries, or sizing adjustments - never hesitate to reach out! <3 Citrine