empowerment

We all need a little help from time to time. Four leaf clovers. Horse-shoes. Prayers. Fairies. Lucky charms. Favourite teddy. Whatever we use, it seems to lend us a little bit of extra oomph. Every individual has an inner strength that they may not have discovered they own, but somehow by suspending their cynical disbelief in all things ethereal, they seem to be able to channel an extra vigor -be it hope, optimism, or simply strength for them to deal with the situation at hand.

I have grown up surrounded by people wearing pieces of jade in my culture. For luck, for beauty, for sentimental reasons, and specifically to ward off evil. Close friends or family members often give new-borns a little piece of jade to wear. Jade is a beautiful stone whose colour (especially if green) becomes stronger and deeper over time with wear, as it absorbs the “qi” (energy flow) of the wearer. It is often said that if you one day discover an unknown crack in the piece of jade you are wearing, it means a disaster has been averted for you, and it is now time to buy a new one.

I have recently been thinking a lot about power – channeling power or giving power to oneself by what one chooses to wear.My mother’s friend commissioned me to make her something out of a jade piece she owned. It took me a long time to make this, not because it was hard to work with, but because I couldn’t decide how to do it. Recent considerations have led to a final design that is concurrently bold and fragile – bold in its simple and geometric layout, but fragile because the jade is exposed (ie not set in a frame to protect its vulnerable edges), thus in contact with the skin of the wearer. I hope through this emotive piece of jewellery to give the wearer strength, beauty, charm to avert evil, and the power to deal with whatever curved balls life throws.

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