Amulet = Talisman = Charm
Jewelry is one of the earliest forms of human adornment. It remains essentially a tribal art that all of us take part in. The earliest of humans chose to wear symbolic amulets, talismans and charms to commemorate, to protect and as a form of self-expression.
As a child, I collected shells and beads that I would string together to wear around my neck, wrists and ankles. I climbed trees, combed beaches, and observed wild creatures for hours imagining myself to be part of a native tribe that believed there were spirits in the rocks and trees. The gems and jewels that I found in nature among the vines, leaves, feathers, rocks, fossils and shells were totems for me that I bestowed with secret powers and symbolism.
Years ago in Florence, I came upon an exhibit of charms and amulets from the personal collection of Lorenzo de’Medici. In the 15th century, Lorenzo acquired jewels from traders and merchants that passed through Florence on their return from the Silk Road and the Orient. I was fascinated by the origins of the intaglios, carvings and gems, and the mysteries and meanings contained in these pocket-sized wearable treasures. The contemplation of these exotic jewels led me to design and create my first amulet out of gold and rock crystal.