I am exploring: What makes something a "prayer bead" or a "medicine necklace?" Most cultures have them. What are they exploring? How is it different than jewelry? Can I create a new fusion that honors and respects the diversity of multiple traditions?
This inquiry leads me to search out elements and processes that are actively used in cultures around the world. Artisans, often in remote villages, are honored and delighted to be part of this urban process. Some elements have been made the same way for over 500 years. These artisans love hearing people's interest and regard, and I delight in staying connected with them.
I also integrate unique stones. I found a stone cutter who purchased and cut beads from paver stones from the sidewalk at Einstein's house in Bern, Switzerland. Perfect for my collection exploring the â€œUnified Field.â€ Another unusual stone are beads cut from stones being replaced at the Colosseum in Rome. I love mixing science, history with spirituality.
All Starfire Bead's, with deep respect for multiple traditions, are created to allow a new fusion to occur. The pieces arise out of their own singular intent, exploring self awareness and mastery.
While the beads are objects of beauty, may they deepen perceptions and stir conversations. If you take one home, may it become part of your travels, both inner and outer.