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Nature as Art

Monday, January 13th, 2014

As we countdown to the premier of JOYA by Judy Crowell (9 more days! Jan. 21 at 5pm ET!) I’ve been asked by many of you where I drew inspiration for the pieces in my collection.  Well – from everywhere!

My animal pieces in particular draw upon animal symbolism in jewelry that historians have recorded as far back as ancient Egypt.  We’ve all seen a scarab in jewelry at one time or another – right?!  Here’s a gorgeous ancient ring style that is both rustic and elegant at the same time.

Galerie Golconda Ancient Egyptian Scarab Ring

Galerie Golconda Ancient Egyptian Scarab Ring

Another ancient jewelry style from the Etruscan era entailed carvings of small animals in pendants, called bullas, or mythological creatures such as winged lions as seen here.

Etruscan Ring, Museum of Modern Art

Etruscan Ring, Museum of Modern Art

For the most part, symbolism in jewelry evolved over time and with different cultures to reflect mythical, religious and spiritual meaning. In more recent times, these symbols (and animals) have been added to reflect a bit of whimsy and fun.

For JOYA By Judy Crowell, I’ve created two lovely pieces – a Serpent Pendant and a Turtle Bracelet.

JOYA Sterling Silver Drusy & Turtle Link Toggle Bracelet

JOYA By Judy Crowell Drusy Turtle Link Toggle Bracelet

JOYA Sterling Silver Carved Gemstone Snake Pendant

JOYA By Judy Crowell Carved Gemstone Snake Pendant

These animals offer their own symbolism story across the ages. At different time periods, the serpent has represented wisdom and eternity and even renewal as skin is shed and growth occurs. And, as a Native American “Totem” animal, the turtle symbolizes both the grounding quality of earth energy and the magic of the mystical. Using Turtle energy can help you achieve real balance in your life and your spirit so that you don’t get “stuck in the mud!”

I like the idea that our personal jewelry can be an emblem for positivity in our lives as well as being elegant and a lot of fun to wear.

Always rock your full potential!

~Judy

Quick Update

Monday, October 15th, 2012

I love to blog about fashion and jewelry. I even slip in a blog from time to time about beauty or travel. But, this one’s just a little bit different.

As a courtesy to my friends and followers, I wanted to give a quick update to let you know that I have left my position at JTV as Style & Trend Expert. JTV is a delightful company with an extremely talented staff. I had the best time working alongside the Hosts and Buying team to bring ‘Stratify’ to all of you. Your positive feedback made me incredibly proud of what we accomplished.

While that position came to an end, my love of jewelry and gemstone exploration never will. In fact, Paul and I are traveling to Brazil next month to film at a Drusy mine! I get to be both ‘talent’ and ‘videographer.’ Now THAT will be a good trick. (Okay, maybe I’ll put him on camera, too. ;))

You know I can never leave the shopping channel industry, right? So, stay tuned for the next chapter! Meanwhile, please keep in touch with me on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/judycrowellstyle and on Twitter here: (www.twitter.com/judycrowell).

Styling Your Full Potential (it’s always a pleasure) ~

Judy

Around The World In An Hour

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

After developing my photos from our recent trip to Tucson, I realized how many countries we had visited in a single afternoon! The South American tent took us to Peru.

The Madagascar tent showed us interesting fossils and the most beautiful Labradorite 

And yes, we went to Africa and Australia as well.

Not only do we have the opportunity to see the latest cuts or colors of beautiful gemstones, like these faceted opals from one of our favorite suppliers to Jewelry Television,

but we come to appreciate the laborious process of searching for these treasures.

You may tune in to a shopping channel and feel like you see an abundance of beautiful baubles. But from this perspective, we’re reminded that it takes many months (in some cases, years) to mine and sort them; cut and polish them; design and set them 

into magnificent pieces of wearable art.

The annual Tucson Show is not the end of the journey… it’s just the beginning. But, it IS the culmination of a lot of hard work!

Styling Your Full Potential ~

Judy

Fond Memory(ies) Lane

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Talk about a blast from the past. While clearing out old, saved articles and TV Guide Ads like these, I had fun reminiscing about the good ‘ole days at QVC. I even came across a calendar from 1992! Here are Kathy, Ellen and Paul on the cover. But, even more telling…. the hosts inside! (They’ll probably kill me when they’ve found out I’ve blogged about them) How many do YOU remember?

How much fun to look back with such fond memories at those whom I considered not just my friends, but truly my family. Here’s lookin’ at you…(when we were all just a), kid!