Christmas has come and gone and the rush of the orders and deadlines have subsided. January is always a different mix of busy. So many to do things on my list get crossed off; because I have honestly procrastinated the inevitable. I turn up the music and start on the list. First a foremost is cleaning my studio. I'm glad to say that I am 1/2 way there and it's only the first week of January!
Then there are the supplies which I take inventory of. Do I have enough silver and bronze for the upcoming season? Add now a touch of solid gold...that's exciting for me! You will see the expansion of my new 14 kt solid gold collection. Each piece made to order one gorgeous piece at a time. That's what we call slow fashion.
I am also working on my new Spring and Summer Collection. Let's just say that it's sweet, bright and pretty! I am always looking for ways to set my jewelry apart from the masses. One way is creating each piece one by one; there is no mass production involved.
Another is the launch of my new packaging. I'm so excited to share it with you. Your jewelry will be packaged in a beautiful black slide out jewelry box and a micro fibre jewelry pouch with the Orange Avocado Jewelry logo and a ziploc baggie to reduce tarnishing. In efforts to reduce our impact on the environment you do have the option of choosing your preference for the number of boxes and jewelry pouches.
I'm moving into my 20th year of creating jewelry for you. And each year I feel like I'm just getting started. Scrolling through Instagram my friend posted this saying: "You will never always be motivated; so you must learn to be disciplined." After 20 years, I truly believe that this is why I'm still here.
HERA COLLECTION - Here's to you
The HERA Collection is a mixed metal collection of gracefully wrapped columns of 14 kt gold fill and sterling silver. Intricate spirals of gold and silver built upon silver forms or suspended alone. Jewelry pieces delicate on its own or spontaneous wrappings of gold around silver or the finishing touch on a baroque creamy pearl. All of it subtle and quiet pieces of modern jewelry.
Hera is the goddess of woman in Greek mythology. She is also the goddess of marriage, family and childbirth. She is the protector of all women. We all have someone in our lives that serves this role at each stage of our lives. Sometimes she remains the same person, sometimes she changes but she is always present. My protector has been my mom through every stage of my life, and even when I didn't even know it.
She has been the constant in my life. Every time I pull out a recipe for a Chinese delicacy I am reminded that she taught me how to cook and appreciate my ethnic heritage. Every time I sketch a piece of jewelry I am reminded of her beautiful handwriting and hidden artistic skills. And every time I say good night to my family I am reminded of her presence at home that made me feel safe. My mom is my Hera.