This is the newest piece in my jewellery collection. I have a few days left of admiring it before releasing it in the wild. It has the Virgin of Hope, St Therese of Lisieux, Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of Guadalupe with various stones in 14 karat gold (which by the way is just so expensive… sigh).
I often get asked whether I plan to make jewellery that doesn’t reflect Catholic religious iconography. If I did that, then I would fully get into the jewellery business. But that’s not really where I’m headed yet. I’m a bit of a specialist. A one-product type of person. I love the hand-painted charms not only because they represent faith and religiosity. I love them also for the craftsmanship and artistry that go into them. Each is a miniature painting. The history part is also one that drives me – I love period pieces that reflect the crafts of different eras like Byzantine, Medieval, Greek and Roman, Etruscan and Philippine Colonial. That bracelet is probably the most “contemporary” piece I’ve done if it weren’t for the antique medals.
Recently I’ve acquired charms from my travels and some from gifts. These reflect iconography from different faiths and beliefs.
This is a gift from my brother-in-law, Fr. Dennis. He got this from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico which is one of my favourite places in the world. The heart charms are either talismans or prayer pendants. He also gave me a bag of pendants that represent your wants and needs – a foot, a hand, money, house – anything you’re praying for. I didn’t take a picture because I’ll be working them into jewellery soon.
These, I acquired in my India trip. Each pendant is a miniature painting of an Indian Hindu diety. Unlike my Catholic icons, these are painted on paper. But the level of craftsmanship and skill is superb! The details are so tiny! I love them. (And I’m not Hindu. See my point?) I will also be working these into a necklace. They weren’t easy to find and they weren’t cheap either, so this is all I have.
This is just so precious. A portrait of Our Lady of Guadalupe looking like an Indian diety. I got this from the same artist’s shop. And I just had to have it. Perfect mix of faiths – Catholic and Hindu.