Olokun is a deity of the Yoruba religion associated with the sea, the name is literally translated as Owner (OLO) of the Ocean (OKUN). Olokun has been referred to as both male and female, but it is generally believed that that Olokun transcends gender. Depicted as a man or a woman with a fish tail, Olokun wears a mask of dark blue with 9 accent colors, and a beaded necklace in dark blue, and accented with green and red coral beads, much like the ones I’ve used in this special slave bracelet.
For the first time in over 35 years, Barbra Streisand took to the Oscar stage for a flawless performance of her classic hit “The Way We Were”, in a tribute to her friend, songwriter Marvin Hamlisch. She looked absolutely dazzling in a sparkling black and gold gown with gorgeous and eye catching accessories, including a fabulous gold slave bracelet! Awesome! Way to be a trendsetter, Babs!
After the performance, Oprah tweeted “Barbra Streisand standing O for being classic elegance in every way.” I couldn’t agree more, and I think Streisand should get the award for best Oscar jewelry!
Then I discovered a shop called Strange Whimsy, with some of the most unique and lovely polymer clay necklaces and pendants I’d ever seen. Gorgeous swirling hearts and delicate flowers in styles ranging from the romantic to the industrial. I became obsessed with Whimsy’s amazing creations & would check out her shop often just to see what was new. And always with a tinge of envy of her creative abilities.
Finally, I decided to contact her to see how she’d feel about a collaboration, and much to my delight she came up with three awesome focal beads for me to incorporate into my wire wrapped cuff slave bracelets.
The first piece I decided to use is this gorgeous gray heart adorned with blue flowers and crystals, which I’ve attached to a silver wire wrapped cuff, with the chain from the bracelet to the ring made with matching Swarovski crystals in metallic sapphire blue and gold.
Check back soon to see the other two pieces!
I’ve got plenty more Trees of Life in the works, if there’s something in particular you’d like to see, let me know, I’d love to hear your ideas!
These exquisite gemstone slave bracelets are truly pieces of wearable art! The finely hand crafted cuff bracelet features the symbolic Tree of Life prominently at its center. I’ve created one slave bracelet for spring, with silver wire and green Peridot gemstones, and one for autumn, with copper wire and Carnelian gemstones.
The Tree of Life, also sometimes called the Sacred Tree, or the Cosmic Tree, holds great meaning for many different cultures the world over. While the cultures vary greatly, the symbolism of the Tree of Life is essentially the same. The sturdy trunk of the tree remains on the earthly plane, with its roots planted firmly in the ground, symbolizing our connection to the underworld, and the branches of the tree stretching towards the sky, representing our connection to the heavens.
Charles Darwin also used the Tree of Life to help explain evolution, with the roots representing species that are now extinct, yet still connected to the trunk, and the ever growing and changing branches symbolizing the ever evolving world around us.