Have you ever wanted a piece of jewelry that you could see in your imagination, but could not find in a store? I was feeling this way as it has become increasingly important to me to be mindful. I could imagine a bracelet to be worn as a reminder of what I hold important.
“Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.
Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.” Greater Good Science Center
This is not an easy task in our day to day lives. It is unfortunate, but sometimes my mind wanders, I worry needlessly, I react instead of responding, yes, it is true. As much as I am aware how much better life can be when we are mindful, it takes practice not to fall back on old habits.
I learned the Chinese symbol for mindfulness means “presence of heart”. This reminded me of all the hearts that have been given to me since I was a child. When I was a tween my friend, Susan, gave me a small porcelain heart jewelry box with blue flowers on it. In fact, over the years, I received many heart boxes and I still have the small collection. I was also given heart necklaces in all shapes and colors. Another kind friend, Carolyn, gave me a her own heart precious stone because she knew I was going through a tough time. Hearts have been present in my life and thoughtfully given to me with love, leading me to visualize a heart bracelet with the words “presence of heart” written on the inside.
I was looking for a piece as an expression, a way to remind myself to be mindful, to follow my heart, and a simple way to start a conversation. With that said, I asked Lisa, a jewelry designer I am fortunate to know, to design this bracelet idea for me. I was unsure of the cost or if she could visualize what I was trying to describe. Lisa listened, sketched and we discussed what I wanted. We also discussed a “price point”. A “price point” is the range you would like to spend. Depending on the metals used the price could be higher or lower. I also wanted a specific heart shape incorporated into the piece. A heart with a lattice type of design. This would have increased the cost if Lisa needed to design that heart shape. Luckily and surprisingly, Lisa had heart charms from Australia with the design I was thinking of. After discussing my book, my thinking behind it and all the work I have been doing with my blog and volunteering. I wanted a low cost version of my bracelet idea, as well. A similar piece that would be a reminder to following one’s heart and dreams.
Lisa surprised me by having the bracelet ready quickly as she knew I would love to wear it at my book launch which was coming up at the time.
When I got her call that it was ready, I was very excited to see it. Driving over to the jewelry store I felt so fortunate that “little ole’ me” would have a very own custom piece of jewelry designed by Lisa Scala!
It was BEAUTIFUL and even better than I had imagined. Lisa stayed true to what I had described, adding her flair to it. I love wearing the bracelet, it really does remind me to stay mindful, follow my heart, and opens conversations with children and friends. Lisa also designed these necklaces and bracelets for me. I hope my work encourages others to follow their heart and dreams.
About the Artist
“Lisa Scala is a gifted designer whose unique collection of handmade jewelry and accessories has delighted customers for over 25 years.
Her one-of-a-kind pieces reflect a life-long passion for art, natural beauty and vintage charm. As she puts it, “The refined simplicity of my designs is inspired by my observation and love of nature, combined with my upbringing in the antiques trade.”
A recognized jewelry artist—with a degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing—Lisa has received awards from multiple arts organizations, and her works have been featured at high-end galleries across the US.” Lisascala.com
If you love these pieces, like I do, please visit Lisa’s gallery or visit her website at http://www.lisascala.com to see more of her unique designs or to create your own custom piece of jewelry.
Having a custom piece of jewelry possible for myself was a happy surprise!