Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Graduation Jewelry: Keeping the Faith

"What we are is God's Gift to us.  What we become is our gift to God." Eleanor Powell

Once again, I'm posting about Graduation Jewelry, but I suppose it should be called Transformation Jewelry.  That's what graduation is, but the word, "transformation," encompasses so much more.

Lately, I've heard from a number of parents, as well as some aunts, sisters and a very proud God Father, who wanted to give their loved one a different style of jewelry.  One that reminds them to keep their faith, especially when they find obstacles in their paths.

You will find an example of the variety of Christian Faith Jewelry I have sold recently.  All of these pieces can be worn by both men and women, however the majority of male gifts have been the Rustic Fine Silver Cross On Leather Cord, The Sterling Silver Surfboard Cross on Leather, 14 gauge Gold Or Silver Cross Rings, Jesus Fish Rings, and the Celtic Crosses Necklaces.

The majority of females have preferred the thinner 16 gauge Gold and Silver Cross rings, including the adjustable Fine Silver Toe Cross Ring; The Infinity Cross Rings and Necklaces, the Small Gold Or Fine Silver Cross Necklaces, the Jesus Fish Rings and the Celtic Cross Necklaces.

If you wish to give your special someone Faith jewelry, please visit my store.  Just follow the links below .  

The first is my Christian Faith Jewelry Section: 

This link will lead you to my Infinity Eternity Cross Section:


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Graduation Jewelry: The Traditional

“Graduation is only a concept.  In real Life every day you graduate.  Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life.  If you can grasp that, you’ll make a difference.”  Arie Pencovici

Graduation, whether it is from middle school to high school, from high school to college, or something like a left or right turn off your original path involves change.  Sometimes, the change is barely noticeable.  Maybe, all of your friends are taking the same journey with you so things are more exciting than scary.  Sometimes, our graduation is more of a life change, one that involves a monumental step, a step so forward you can’t go back, a life you can’t relive.  Throughout our lives, we will all do both – many, many times. 

We often want the jewelry we wear or gift to others to reflect that change.  Some people want their pieces to show the world who they are now and who they’ve been in obvious ways.  While others, choose a less obvious, abstract way to wear their story.  Still, others follow a family tradition that follows not just their own lives, but the parent’s and grandparent’s lives. 

 I decided to do a series of posts, reflecting the different ways my customer’s show the passing of time or place with a selection of jewelry they've chosen.  

The traditional:  A gemstone or birthstone ring or necklace, marking a graduation or special birthday, is very old tradition in many families, including my own.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

My Mother's New Taste In Jewelry


Mother’s Day is right around the corner, which made me think of all the gifts I’ve given my mother over the years.  When I was in elementary school, there was always a PTA flower sale.  Every child in my class ended up walking home with at least one small container of Marigolds.  There was a time when I gave my mother flowers from a neighbor’s garden.  From what I understand, money and apologies were offered the next day. 

Things are easier these days.  My mother likes more than flowers.  She loves jewelry, but her tastes have changed over the years.  The things she asks me to make for her continuously surprise me.  I’ve included a few of them here:

I've no idea why her taste has changed from a traditional strand of pearls to a handmade Celtic Cross Necklace or Wide Hammered Sterling Silver Band, but her taste has definitely gotten cooler!  Happy Mother's Day, Mom!  I love you!

You can find the jewelry above in my store on Etsy by clicking the link below: 

Celtic Cross Necklace :https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaggieMcManeDesigns/search?search_query=Celtic+Cross+Necklace&order=date_desc&view_type=list&ref=shop_search

Green Amethyst Ring: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaggieMcManeDesigns/search?search_query=green+amethyst+ring&order=date_desc&view_type=list&ref=shop_search

Circles Necklace: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaggieMcManeDesigns/search?search_query=Circle+Necklace&order=date_desc&view_type=list&ref=shop_search

Green Quartz Ring: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaggieMcManeDesigns/search?search_query=Green+Quartz+Ring&order=date_desc&view_type=list&ref=shop_search

Wide Sterling Silver Band: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaggieMcManeDesigns/search?search_query=Wide+Sterling+Silver+Band&order=date_desc&view_type=list&ref=shop_search

Blue Sandstone Ring: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaggieMcManeDesigns/search?search_query=Blue+Sandstone+Ring&order=date_desc&view_type=list&ref=shop_search