My guest today is jewelry designer Janet Cadsawan. Janet has designed some beautiful supernatural pieces. Some of her work has been featured on HBO’s True Blood. Janet has also designed pieces for the Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine.
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a charm from the Rock & Bones Collection. As always, details are listed at the end of the post.
It’s not a coincidence that I became a jewelry designer in hindsight. My mother collects jewelry and has her own jeweler who fabricates her blingy desires. Most of my mother’s pieces were inherited and then re-designed by her. Her jewelry box was my favorite toy, and within her box there was a special area just for religious jewelry. These pieces were call tambourine necklaces and were made in the Philippines. They were long necklaces made of intricate gold beads, some made of filigree. On the bottom of these hung heavy round gold pendants that had a cross or a favorite saint inscribed on it – one of them actually had a holy relic encased in it. Those pieces convinced me that jewelry was sacred. It is not surprising that I still think jewelry has magic. Transforming a piece of metal into a tiny sculpture is skill but making it with meaning is magical. I have entire collections made of 18k gold that are beautiful but have no meaning other than being ornamental. It’s the pieces that embody meaning either through symbolism, stories, legends, or epics that really makes my heart beat faster. It makes me feel like I’m an alchemist translating words, characters and meaning into a different form. Even for something as fun as HBO’s True Blood, the Viking pieces were carefully researched and they tell a story of warrior people who depended on their gods and the land [and other’s land] to be prosperous. I don’t think their symbols and mythology should be forgotten. For this guest blog, I wanted to give away a charm from the Rock & Bones collection, inspired by so many things but ultimately by Jeaniene Frost’s character, Bones – he made the skeletal structure sexy. Hope you join in the fun and feel the magic.
Janet Cadsawan’s philosophy is that jewelry is magic adorned. She designs one-of-a-kind talismans, fine jewelry and supernatural baubles. Her pieces are showcased in both art galleries and fine jewelry stores. Born through her passion for nature and architecture, her pieces are like miniature sculptures.
She uses local craftsmen to create her jewelry and she continues to recycle her recycled metal for her collections. Lover of small and large animals, she lives on a farm in Greenwich, CT and her jewelry studio is in New York City.
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