Nature as Art

As we countdown to the premier of JOYA by Judy Crowell (9 more days! Jan. 21 at 5pm ET!) I’ve been asked by many of you where I drew inspiration for the pieces in my collection.  Well – from everywhere!

My animal pieces in particular draw upon animal symbolism in jewelry that historians have recorded as far back as ancient Egypt.  We’ve all seen a scarab in jewelry at one time or another – right?!  Here’s a gorgeous ancient ring style that is both rustic and elegant at the same time.

Galerie Golconda Ancient Egyptian Scarab Ring

Galerie Golconda Ancient Egyptian Scarab Ring

Another ancient jewelry style from the Etruscan era entailed carvings of small animals in pendants, called bullas, or mythological creatures such as winged lions as seen here.

Etruscan Ring, Museum of Modern Art

Etruscan Ring, Museum of Modern Art

For the most part, symbolism in jewelry evolved over time and with different cultures to reflect mythical, religious and spiritual meaning. In more recent times, these symbols (and animals) have been added to reflect a bit of whimsy and fun.

For JOYA By Judy Crowell, I’ve created two lovely pieces – a Serpent Pendant and a Turtle Bracelet.

JOYA Sterling Silver Drusy & Turtle Link Toggle Bracelet

JOYA By Judy Crowell Drusy Turtle Link Toggle Bracelet

JOYA Sterling Silver Carved Gemstone Snake Pendant

JOYA By Judy Crowell Carved Gemstone Snake Pendant

These animals offer their own symbolism story across the ages. At different time periods, the serpent has represented wisdom and eternity and even renewal as skin is shed and growth occurs. And, as a Native American “Totem” animal, the turtle symbolizes both the grounding quality of earth energy and the magic of the mystical. Using Turtle energy can help you achieve real balance in your life and your spirit so that you don’t get “stuck in the mud!”

I like the idea that our personal jewelry can be an emblem for positivity in our lives as well as being elegant and a lot of fun to wear.

Always rock your full potential!

~Judy