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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Whats New This Spring? From Your Daily Jewels and Rustic Rock on Etsy.

As always, Rustic Rock Jewelry is home of the original piece of jewelry that you will not find anywhere else.  This is fitting as it is my original shop. One thing that remains consistant, is that it is the shop where you will find I use mostly alternative metals such as brass, copper, mixed metals,  and bronze; and my all time favorite, matte gold, (which is plated brass).

Rustic Rock is the unofficial home for my matte gold jewelry, which, by the way, goes with everything. Wear it with your silver or your gold jewelry. And especially, wear it with a tan!

Matte Gold Selections at RusticRockJewelry on Etsy

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My first shop is my late to the game when it comes to jewelry for men. But alas, it is here. I have just begun my Rustic line of jewelry that will be filled with teeth, claws, (all made of metal ), hammered gemstones, arrowheads, leather, and all kinds of goodies that men love.

Here is a first peek:

Mens Necklace- Bear Claw carved from Reclaimed Buffalo Bone, Antique Brass Chain and Arrowhead

That's what's new in Rustic Rock. Lots more Spring Line roll-outs to come in all three shops! Thank you for visiting and I hope you stop back soon.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Peace-Out Man - The History of the Peace Sign

The History of the Peace Sign
Have you ever wondered?

Peace sign jewelry is so popular and never seems to go out of style. I just finished yet another Peace sign charm for a customer and the thought hit me, why do we use this little symbol for peace? I will share with you what I have found out, (and some really pretty peace sign jewelry from the JewelryonEtsy Team too!)

As far as I have deciphered, the symbol did not exist before 1958 and came about as part of the British Nuclear Disarmament Movement. There are two stories that prevail:

One is that, in 1958, an English gentleman and peace activist,  Gerald Herbert Holtom worked with the Direct Action Committee against Nuclear War.  As a dedicated peacemaker, he, himself was in a state of despair. Thus, he had drawn himself in this state; standing with palms outstretched and downwards, " in the manner of Goyas's peasant before the firing squad." According to Holtom, he "formalised the drawing into a line and put a circle around it."

 Ken Kolsbun, author of the book Peace: The Biography of a Symbol, reported that Holtom expressed regret in not designing the peace symbol with the joyful lifting of arms towards the sky. For most of Holtom's life he would draw only the upright peace symbol.

Semaphore System

Another prevailing story of the peace sign's beginning's also surrounds the British Nuclear Disarmament Movement.  It comes from semaphore, a Naval code of symbol representation that conveys information at a distance by means of visual signals with hand-held flags, paddles, or occasionally bare or gloved hands. Semaphores were adopted and widely used in the maritime world in the 19th century .

As you can see above, the semaphore signals for "N" and "D" (Nuclear Disarmament), when superimposed, do make a peace sign and this is the second theory of how the symbol came to be.

Rough Magicals - Peace Sign Metal Chain Connectors

Endless Bounty - Blue Swarovski Crystal Peace Sign Bracelet

1958 is not the first appearance of the actual symbol. In fact, it has been used for evil both in modern times and for thousands of years, with 60 B.C being the earliest date I found. Here, we are only interested in the symbol's positive meaning of strangers communicating love with kindness.

Abacus Bead Creations                            Satin Doll Co.

Dashery - Peace Sign Toe Ring    


Thank you so much for reading!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Man Up! And Wear Your Jewelry. Part I

Jewelry hasn't hurt Steven Tyler's Image

The earliest evidence of jewelry comes to us from Africa, where ancient adornments made of shells have been found.

This mollusk jewelry was discovered in a cave in Blombos, South Africa, and dates back to the Middle Stone Age, some 75,000 to 100,000 years ago.

Nassarius Shells:

For we jewelry makers, it is interesting to note that beads  were the first material object not necessary for survival, and they have been considered an indicator of when early hominids, or bipedal primates, developed the ability to symbolize, thus becoming “modern man”.  Adornment was indicative of the beginning of symbolic, higher order thinking.


Jewelry started out as a functional adornment used to fasten articles of clothing together, and was later adapted for use as an object for purely aesthetic ornamentation, or for use as a spiritual and religious symbol.

Early Europeans also prized jewelry made of stone and teeth. These pieces of jewelry were worn by both men and women, and had cultural, spiritual, or tribal significance. 

The Vikings are just one of countless historical cultures who loved bright ornamentation. Their metalworkers highly skilled at intricate decoration of jewelery. Both men and women wore brooches, pendants, bracelet cuffs and more.


It was the ancient Egyptians who were  the first to craft fine jewelry out of gold combined with gemstones. They wore gold jewelry to showcase their wealth, and as talismen and amulets. Gold possessions always went with the owner to the grave. Egyptians paved the way for creative fine jewelry all around the world. As with all cultures previously, jewelry was worn by both men and women.

from the tomb of Tut-ankh-amun, http://archaeology.knoji.com

I am still researching how this puzzling changeover evolved.  In modern society, (the last two hundred years or so), men, at least in the West, have become confined to cufflinks, tiepins, and watches with all other jewelry being regarded as feminine or ostentatious. 

This pressure for men to  "de-adorn" prevails, regardless of  countless examples of iconic, non-feminine, hardly ostentatious men, proudly displaying their bodily adornments.

The greatest warriors in history never "went out without their jewelry".  Commanche warriors were close to changing our history to "How the West Was Lost." The annihilation of Western settlers by the fully adorned Commanche warriors was the single reason our US Marshal system was instituted.

Commanche Warriors, the baddest asses of the baddasses.

And the Marshals who took on the toughest weren't afraid to wear their own style of bling.
Commanche Warrior - The Fiercest of Native Americans  - in traditional tribal adornment

Another iconic warrior, fully jeweled and adorned, the Maasai
Killing a lion in Maasai culture is a test of manhood, still today.

And moving away from warriors, we have iconic men: men's men. Wearing jewelry, looking none the fem for it.

Paul Newman

Delicious Steve McQueen

I make jewelry for a living. I live with a man who is constantly telling me, "I love this, I wish I wore jewelry!".  I get no where with him, but if you have read this far, maybe I can make convert of you? 

Have you always wanted to give it a try?  Well, remember the power of jewelry–for better or worse it sends signals about who we are, our commitments, and our status in society.  

Women get to mix and match  their clothes and jewelry at will and men appear to be governed by a myriad of strict rules. Any women can squeeze into a pair of skinny jeans. But very few men should try to pull this off. (one woman's opinion - no men should). Women have a lot more fun but it does not have to be this way.

My next post is jammed packed with tips on how men can subtly get into jewelry. What to start with and how to do it totally right! Additionally,  lots of gorgeous examples to choose from.

Don't miss it!

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"Before written language, or the spoken word, there was jewelry."