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The Nurturing Nature of Jewelry

by Susan A. Katz May 29, 2015 1 Comment

My mom loved jewelry!  I mean, she really loved it and would wear as many pieces of jewelry at one time as she possibly could.  I used to tease her that she probably wished she had more fingers and arms and necks and ears to put jewelry on.  Her answer to that was, “That’s why I had daughters!”

I’m afraid I was a disappointment to my mom.  I dreaded wearing jewelry for fear I would lose it.  Maybe the clasp on the necklace would open and fall off.  I was kind of a clumsy kid so I was sure I would catch the bracelet on something and break it.  And don’t even mention the brooches that were so popular with my mother and grandmother.  I cannot count the number of times I bled all over my blouse or sweater trying to pin my brooch on.

But that was then and this is now and I not only love jewelry, I design it, I live it, I breathe it, I sing it and happily it, along with my poetry, has become a source of joyful creative fulfillment.  Designing and making jewelry is about the best job in the world.  Why?  Because I get to work with the most beautiful, the most interesting and the most fascinating elements on the planet, stones!  My mother would have been so proud.


Ode to Designing Jewelry

First I find them in unusual places 
Like a tiny shop on a country road
In a place I’ve crossed an ocean to come to
Far from the hills and valleys of home
Then I carefully choose them by color or size
By texture by shape by tone and hue
From the deep dark purples to the golden amber
From the bronze to the gray and the green and the blue
Then I lay them out side by side, one by one
And I wait for inspiration to find me
And the stones start singing and the song’s familiar
And I know just exactly what they want to be
And the stones come together like the dawn to the day
Like the stars find the night and the river finds the sea
And the stones that have waited through the long dark ages
Come together and become what they were meant to be!

Susan A. Katz
Susan A. Katz


1 Response

Andrea Von Raabe
Andrea Von Raabe

January 19, 2016

Evening person. Dinner for two. Classical music

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