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wishful thinking

I have never been a big jewelry person. I am fairly disorganized and have trouble keeping track of my head, which is attached – so you can imagine how easy it is for me to lose small sparkly things. And it has never seemed like a good plan to invest in something ornamental that I will likely not take great care of. As I become older, though, I find that I am a bit more careful with a few pieces in particular (one of which is my claddagh, which I wear regularly).

I have been salivating for about a year now over jewelry crafted by designer Jeanine Payer – it is beautiful and intricate, and mostly she uses metals, glass and soft materials (ribbon, leather, etc.) in her work. And then, of course, there is the poetry: almost every piece in Payer’s catalog has a portion of a poem inscribed on it. Of course I love it – it only makes sense.

This is the only time in my life that I can recall truly desiring a piece of jewelry.

As one would expect, Payer’s designs don’t come cheap. Although I have trouble justifying that kind of expense for myself, the price is not actually what prevents me from purchasing a piece of her jewelry. Really, the problem is that I can’t imagine how anyone could choose just one piece. Here are a few of my favorites:

Aulaire


The inscription: What barrier is there that love cannot break? (Gandhi)

Vanessa

The inscription: I send my truth to you. (Casey Haynes)

Bella

The inscription: We know what we are, but know not what we may be. (Shakespeare)

Abbey

The inscription: O if I am to have so much, let me have more! (Walt Whitman)

Primrose

The inscription: If we live truly, we shall see truly. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

And this doesn’t even touch the necklaces…Sigh.

So, if someone told you to pick something from Payer’s catalog (or from these five items), what would it be?

4 thoughts on “wishful thinking”

  1. Woot woot. I am so excited that you posted this. I am head over heels for Payer. If someone were going to give me a piece of her jewelry, I would take Brielle, whose inscription is the Goethe “Nothing is worth more than this day.”

    But my hands down favorite piece is the Tao bowl, and the inscription is:

    We join spokes together in a wheel, but it is the center hole that makes the wagon move. We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we desire. We hammer wood for a house, but it is the inner space that makes it livable. We work with being, but non-being is what we use.
    -Lao Tzu, trans. by Stephen Mitchell

    I know it’s contradictory to the statement, but I would want to plant a tree in the bowl.

  2. Woot woot. I am so excited that you posted this. I am head over heels for Payer. If someone were going to give me a piece of her jewelry, I would take Brielle, whose inscription is the Goethe “Nothing is worth more than this day.”

    But my hands down favorite piece is the Tao bowl, and the inscription is:

    We join spokes together in a wheel, but it is the center hole that makes the wagon move. We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we desire. We hammer wood for a house, but it is the inner space that makes it livable. We work with being, but non-being is what we use.
    -Lao Tzu, trans. by Stephen Mitchell

    I know it’s contradictory to the statement, but I would want to plant a tree in the bowl.

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