I've been designing jewelry for 12 years now, since Hurricane Katrina 🌬. There's no way I can remember how many different design necklaces I've created. My attachment to a particular design is dependent on how much that design means to me - at what point in my life did I make it? 💫 What was I experiencing at that time in my life? How much love did I put into creating it? These are the questions I ask myself when I decide if I wish to retire a design or maybe improve it.
This particular necklace design is very special ✨ to me for a couple of reasons, but the most important being that it just came together almost by accident. Sometimes I put things together and subconsciously, my mind already knows why, but I don't figure out what I truly made and what it means to me until I'm half-way done with it. At which point, I understand to whom the design is intended for. Not everything I make is for everyone - and I do that on purpose because I want to make designs that speak to specific people, based on their own life's experience .
When I went to the Tucson Gem Show 💎 in February 2017, I went for the sole purpose of finding the most exquisite, high quality gems and strands I could afford. I want to be known for providing the highest grade because it is not my intention to make "a bunch of stuff" it's about making a few, for the few that really know and appreciate the level of quality and feel the love 💗 and effort I put into each one.
I was walking around going aisle after aisle, when I saw some strands that caught my eye 👀several yards away. I couldn't figure out what they were because I had personally never seen transitioning colors 💚💗💚💗 like that... they were so vibrant and rich. So I ask the certified gemologist to educate me about them, where I was informed they're often referred to as Watermelon Tourmaline. The colors are completely natural and they're a rare occurrence. "Well, that explains the price tag!" I thought to myself... plus what makes this particular strand more expensive is the level of difficulty of the faceted "heart" cut.
When I got home, I wanted to make something so badly with it, but I couldn't figure out which centerpiece I wanted to use. Weeks turned into months, and I kept looking at them now and then when I had time (which is rare) to just sit down and be creative. To help me make this decision, I researched what the energetic significance of tourmaline was.
Apparently, pink tourmaline 💗 has long been a stone representing feminine energy, love for self and others; which is why it is often associated with humanitarianism. The green tourmaline 💚 represents the masculine energy and therefore serves as a protector, helping to reduce fear against danger for the wearer.
What a powerful representation of balance! ⚖
But wait, it gets better... 💖
According to The Global Healing Center, tourmaline has the uncommon and very special ability to generate an electric charge and emit negative ions and far infrared rays.
Then there's this:
Make no mistake, tourmaline is a powerful ally when your body is in need of detoxification. The far infrared rays created by tourmaline actually produce the same resonance in the body that is normally found in water. This form of resonance absorption helps relieve stress, increase alertness, stimulate circulation, and boost the immune system.
Here are just a few of the powerful effects from tourmaline:
- Helps detoxification
- Supports fat loss
- Reduces water retention
- Improves circulation
- Supports the liver and kidneys
- Promotes a healthy mood
- Helps eliminate toxic metals 
- Reduces lactic acids and free fatty acids
The natural gifts of the earth 🌎 are abundant if you know where to look and seek the ancient knowledge that teaches how to lead a life more aligned with the beauty and generosity of nature. My goal is to figure out a way to utilize jewelry as a means to empower 👑 your life and remind you, whenever you wear one of my pieces, of the message that piece represents for you.
Finally, just last month I chose the 👑 Queen of Hearts pendant to go with the tourmaline; because, the Queen of Hearts was designed to remind the wearer that while it is important to have an open heart, you must have self-respect and self-love 💖 before you can love others. So often, especially women, give and give and give of themselves until there's no more fuel in the tank. Love generously, but yourself first and you won't drain your energy unnecessarily.
You must take care of yourself - all of you. Nurture your ✨ soul, not just your body. Ask yourself, "Am I happy?" And if not, what you would change to make that happen. It's about self-empowerment and understanding you're not a super-hero, no matter how hard you try. Each day you can do something different to improve the areas in your life that need a little extra attention. In most cases, it is not a matter of if you can; but rather, if you will.
While I love and am proud of all my work, this one is different. I gave myself an extra pat on the back after I finished it... and I know it's attributed to the quality and symbolism of the stones, and I'm so happy to have this as a part of my collection. I truly hope this becomes an iconic "Cristy Cali" design, being that it is easily recognizable due to its uniqueness and rarity.