Opa! Go Greek with Jenstones! May 08 2017, 0 Comments
Visit the Norfolk Greek Festival for a taste of Greece!
2017 Spring Show Dates! April 26 2017, 0 Comments
Cottage LunaSea, VA Beach, VA
Friday, May 5 th, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Texture of Ghent, Norfolk VA
Saturday, May 6th, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge
Sunday May 7th, Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Down Creek Gallery, Okracoke, North Carolina
Thursday, May 11th, 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Mothers Day Show
Baja Restaurant, Sandbridge, Virginia Beach, VA
Sunday, May 14th
Norfolk Greek Festival
Thursday, May 18th - Sunday, May 21st
Either Ore Jewelers & Jenstones Birthday Show! April 25 2017, 0 Comments
Sunday, May 7th, Either Ore Jewelers in Strawbridge VA, is having a show with Jenstones on her birthday! Come meet the artist, endulge in her latest creations, and celebrate life!
Mothers Day Trunk Show at Texture in Ghent April 25 2017, 0 Comments
Saturday, May 6th, Texture of Ghent in Norfolk, VA, is hosting Jenstones Trunkshow. Come celebrate mom with us! Texture is an eclectic boutique with unique jewelry, clothing and gifts, Located on 406 Baldwin Ave, and Colley Ave. below the Higher Grounds Coffee shop.
Ommmm. You Are the Center of the Universe March 04 2017, 0 Comments
Wolves, Maidens and Spring Rites, Oh My! January 26 2017, 0 Comments
I have always been enchanted with Pan, the faun or satyr, that frolicked with the woodland nymphs, playing his lyre and leading lovers into thickets or meadows for noon time nookie. Pan was the Greek god of rustic music, the wilds, and shepherds and flocks. From the waist down, Pan was a goat. He had hooves and horns and was so earthy that Greeks typically worshipped Pan in caves or grottoes, rather than in dedicated temples. European Romanticists took to Pan and edified him via poetry and art.
The Romans, after sacking Greece, promptly adopted Grecian gods and goddesses, attached Roman names along with dark, often erotic twists. Pan thence became Lupercus, Roman god of the shepherds. Lupercus was an anthropomorphic Wolf God or Goddess,often depicted in intimate relations with humans i.e. Romulus and Remus, fabled twin brothers and founders of Rome, who were suckled and reared by a She-Wolf. The festival dedicated to Lupercus, Lupercalia, was observed around the middle of February. Lupercalia was all about cleansing and purifying; evil spirits out, fertility and health in. The young men of the towns would doubtless get balled up on Sambuca and would strip to nothing except loin cloths made of animal hides. They made whips and thongs of animal sinew and hides and would proceed to run, scantily clad, through the streets where crowds would gather and cheer. Then the naked young men would "gently" flog bystanders with their thongs. Especially popular was the flogging of ....you guessed it: women! Pregnant women believed this ritual would ease their labor pains and women not yet pregnant believed this would improve their fertility. If this sounds like a Hieronymus Bosch painting, or at least a little like a springtime sexual purge with S&M themes, I would say you were pretty perceptive. So for all you ladies and gents ready for some fertility rites of your own, behold Super Freak Aleister Crowley's luscious poem, Hymn to Pan (c. 1907):
Thrill with lissome lust of the light,
O man ! My man !
Come careering out of the night
Of Pan ! Io Pan .
Io Pan ! Io Pan ! Come over the sea
From Sicily and from Arcady !
Roaming as Bacchus, with fauns and pards
And nymphs and styrs for thy guards,
On a milk-white ass, come over the sea
To me, to me,
Coem with Apollo in bridal dress
(Spheperdess and pythoness)
Come with Artemis, silken shod,
And wash thy white thigh, beautiful God,
In the moon, of the woods, on the marble mount,
The dimpled dawn of of the amber fount !
Dip the purple of passionate prayer
In the crimson shrine, the scarlet snare,
The soul that startles in eyes of blue
To watch thy wantoness weeping through
The tangled grove, the gnarled bole
Of the living tree that is spirit and soul
And body and brain -come over the sea,
(Io Pan ! Io Pan !)
Devil or god, to me, to me,
My man ! my man !
Come with trumpets sounding shrill
Over the hill !
Come with drums low muttering
From the spring !
Come with flute and come with pipe !
Am I not ripe ?
I, who wait and writhe and wrestle
With air that hath no boughs to nestle
My body, weary of empty clasp,
Strong as a lion, and sharp as an asp-
Come, O come !
I am numb
With the lonely lust of devildom.
Thrust the sword through the galling fetter,
All devourer, all begetter;
Give me the sign of the Open Eye
And the token erect of thorny thigh
And the word of madness and mystery,
O pan ! Io Pan !
Io Pan ! Io Pan ! Pan Pan ! Pan,
I am a man:
Do as thou wilt, as a great god can,
O Pan ! Io Pan !
Io pan ! Io Pan Pan ! Iam awake
In the grip of the snake.
The eagle slashes with beak and claw;
The gods withdraw:
The great beasts come, Io Pan ! I am borne
To death on the horn
Of the Unicorn.
I am Pan ! Io Pan ! Io Pan Pan ! Pan !
I am thy mate, I am thy man,
Goat of thy flock, I am gold , I am god,
Flesh to thy bone, flower to thy rod.
With hoofs of steel I race on the rocks
Through solstice stubborn to equinox.
And I rave; and I rape and I rip and I rend
Everlasting, world without end.
Mannikin, maiden, maenad, man,
In the might of Pan.
Io Pan ! Io Pan Pan ! Pan ! Io Pan!
Hot and bothered yet?
Light Born of Darkness December 22 2016, 0 Comments
Today is the Winter Solstice, a twenty-four hour period accompanied by pronounced and elongated darkness. Ironically Pagans celebrated the Winter Solstice with feasts and merry- making to usher in the return of sunlight. From this day forward, the days will stretch incrementally longer until the apex of the Summer Solstice. The Winter Solstice offers valuable opportunities for inward reflection, a time to divine the sacred order of the universe, to ponder the alchemical relationship of death begetting life, darkness bearing light. The proverbial phoenix out of the ashes and so forth.
And so, on this the darkest day of the year, I write about light. I meditate upon joy and love and peace. It is my sincere hope that during this solstice, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, whatever holiday you might celebrate, you attract and embrace your hearts' desires. A new year is on the horizon. The new year holds endless possibilities: potent dreams ripe for realization, continuity, a healing and enduring peace for all sentient beings, the golden light of summer sun . These realities are often earned by dark and trying times. As Leonard Cohen so poignantly sang:
"It's not a cry that you hear at night
It's not somebody who's seen the light
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah"
Hallelujah. A return to light from the cold and broken ice of winter. Hallelujah. A new year to behold the breathless beauty of this world. Hallelujah. We posture ourselves to receive the desires of our hearts, our raw and poignant requests for renewal and clarity.
Shown above: Beautiful, hand-carved ebony horn sea star pendant, encased in sterling silver, on a beaded sterling Jenstones chain. Sea stars symbolize enduring strength, regeneration and adaptability.
Show below: Sterling Norfolk Mermaid Earring, dangling by her elegant arm approximately two inches in length. The Norfolk Mermaid is reminiscent of vintage ship figureheads. Created by hand using lost-wax process.
This season, enjoy your purchase of a Jenstones $100 gift card and receive $15 off. Use code: Givejoy15 at checkout, from now through December 31st, 2016. Gift cards will not expire.
Thank you for a magical year. Your support and loyalty are truly blessings to me! Have a wonderful holiday and a happy new year! XXOO
15th Annual Either Ore Jewelers Holiday Trunk Show November 27 2016, 0 Comments
Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge has been adorning men and women with Jenstones for over 15 years. Our annual Holiday Trunk Show highlights Jenstones entire collection. Don't miss out because this the last show she will be doing this holiday season in the U.S. Come enjoy a friendly shopping atmosphere, delicious treats, door prizes, discounts and Jenstones!
Texture of Ghent Holiday Trunk Show November 27 2016, 0 CommentsJennifer will be displaying her latest creations Saturday, Dec. 3rd, at her favorite shop in Norfolk. Come shop for gifts, sip champagne, and enter for a chance to win a bronze ring from our raffle. Jennifer will be setting up around 10:00 a.m., out on the back deck if it's sunny. Texture is located in Ghent, Norfolk, on the corner of Baldwin Ave. and Colley Ave., below the Higher Grounds Coffee Shop.
Winter Wine Festival November 27 2016, 0 CommentsSpruce up your Jenstones Jewelry collection while tasting wine! Come out to the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Dec. 3rd, noon -5:00 p.m. to enjoy a winter wonderland and wine tasting!
Giving Thanks for Indiginous Peoples November 22 2016, 0 Comments
In this season of gratitude, I would like to respectfully give thanks to the cultural and spiritual contributions of our Native American brothers and sisters. I would also like to bear witness to the prolonged injustice and suffering sustained by Native Americans at the hands of our government that apparently still continues today, as manifested in Standing Rock, North Dakota, USA.
In my humble gesture of solidarity with American Indiginous Peoples, I would like to share the truth about the first Thanksgiving in this country. My intention is to gently pop our collective delusional bubble of false xenaphila--come on, we all know somewhere in our heart of hearts, that as much as we want to believe it, the Pilgrims did not invite the "savages" to sit down to dinner with them, even if Squanto did teach them to plant corn. So, gather round. I am about the debunk our sanguine American myth of the first Thanksgiving:
Circa 1620, the Mayflower arrived at Plymouth Rock, now Massachusetts, what was then Mohican territory (see map below). The Mayflower carried English dissidents-soon-to-be-American colonists, who desired religious freedom and financial opportunities. The first elected leader of these people was John Carver. Upon landing in the New World, Carver and the colonists observed the indigenous population, who happened to be members of the Wampanoag Nation. Incredibly, instead of immediately waging war on the Wampanoag, Carver had the foresight to realize it would be mutually beneficial to befriend the people, especially whilst the colonists were...well, colonizing. Hence, Carver initiated meetings with the Wampanoag leader, Yellow Feather Oasmeequin, aka Chief Massasoit. These meetings were positive in that they eventually resulted in a rudimentary treaty between the Wampanoag and the English settlers (see 2011 commemorative dollar coin).
After a tough year full of tribulation, pestilence and hard labor, a very small group of colonists endured. The newly elected Governor, William Bradford, wanted to create a feast for the survivors of that first year, as a diversion from calamity and also to celebrate a fairly decent harvest. Hence, the first Thanksgiving. At the feast, the exuberant pilgrims wanted to express thanks "Colonial style" so, after dipping into the Mulberry wine, they got out ye olde guns and canons and started blasting away. This alerted the Wampanoag, who did not understand this custom of unrestrained Pilgrim merriment. In response and, most likely, apprehension, Chief Massasoit, gathered about a hundred of his best warriors and watched the party from the surrounding woods to gather information as to what the hell was going on. Thankfully (key word here), nothing happened. The Wampanoag probably scratched their heads and wondered about the hullabaloo, but surmised it was not aggressive. Neither were they invited to join in the fun or partake of the fare. No harm, no foul.
The Thanksgiving myth about Pilgrims and Indians harmoniously breaking bread does not necessarily mean that these peoples did not occasionally reach beyond their firmly established belief systems and biases and evolve into symbiotic relationships; the story of Captain John Smith and Pocahontas is indeed a true testament to these wonderful anomalies. However, out of respect for Native Americans, I would like to acknowledge the nation of people by name (Wampanoag) who helped sustain the early settlers. I would also like to applaud the non-reactionary posturing of both Pilgrim and Native American, however ephemeral it was. The negotiations in that very trying time, with weapons virtually within reach, towards peaceful resolution and mutual support, bolsters my faith in humanity. Even in these trying times today.
As an expression of solidarity with those groups of resilient, indigenous populations (Sioux, Lakota, Dakota, among many others) congregating at Standing Rock, I would like to offer 25 % off all Jenstones Jewelry purchases from now until November 30th, 2016. I will donate 25 percent of all sales to the Stand With Standing Rock Fundraising Association to assist Native Americans in their quest for public consideration of: their heritage, culture, their sacred sites and their ability to access uncontaminated water. Please use code: Wampanoag to enjoy this discount and to participate in the support of Native Americans at Standing Rock. If you would like to donate directly, please use this link: http://standwithstandingrock.net/donate/
Jenstones Jewelry designs proudly acknowledges influences from indigenous cultures and their artisans' amazing craftsmanship and talent. See below:
Hand crafted in sterling silver, this necklace is made with turquoise colored howlite stone tusks. Howlite is a calming stone used to relieve stress. The necklace is sleek and modern and sure to turn some heads. The chain is adjustable to16-20 inches and has a turquoise stone finish on the end. Matching turquoise tusk earrings make an amazing combined set!
Mezcala Bead Necklace with Turquoise Magnizite Beads Handmade turquoise colored magnizite beads with Aztec centerpiece. Wear it like a choker or longer, 16-18 inches with fine sterling silver clasp. Bracelet and necklace sold together as a set.
This necklace is a great mix of old and new beads to create a beautifully timeless design! The center stone is from the Mezcala era, and could be up to 2000 years old, dating back to 700-200 BC. The oldest beads in this collection are brownish, irregular and pitted but if you rub or wear them, the oils from your skin polish them and they change back to a blue-green luster. Surrounding the Mezcala bead are grey-purple druzys, and then finished off with a handmade sterling silver clasp.
Rock Your October with Dreamy Druzes! October 10 2016, 0 Comments
Neptune Festival 2016 September 16 2016, 0 Comments
Neptune Festival Boardwalk Art Show in Virginia Beach, VA is Friday, September 30th through Sunday, October 2nd. Come shop with Jenstones at her tent in between 20th and 21st street, # 2024.
Larimar and September Blues (Saudades) September 11 2016, 0 Comments
A New Earth: Bronze, Sea Glass and Essential Oils August 22 2016, 0 Comments
Jenstones Jewelry is proud to launch a subsidiary collection of jewelry entitled Freedom Rocks. The Freedom Rocks collection showcases natural sea glass, precious and semi precious stones, beautifully and expertly beveled in either bronze or tumbaga. Tumbaga is a Spanish name for an alloy of gold and copper that was used by indigenous artisans in Pre Colombian Mesoamerica and South America.
In his book A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle refers to this era in which we live as "the flowering of human consciousness". He posits that every life form on Earth has the ability to surpass it's current state of being and to become "enlightened". Thus, a plant, in it's most heightened state of being, produces a flower, seed or fruit. Similarly, a simple rock encases gems. In keeping with this idea of transmutation inspired by divine presence in a willing vessel (mineral, vegetable, animal or human), Jenstones Freedom Rocks line encourages opportunities for expansion and inspiration on all possible levels. How? You may ask. Read on, Soul Traveler!
We have known all along that gemstones and the metals that display them are of the Earth, and that all of these creations are invested with obvious beauty, but also with powerful healing properties. For ages, adornment with jewels was a universally recognizable way of establishing social strata i.e. those with wealth could afford to adorn themselves with gemstones. However, alchemists and shamans utilized these same stones, as well as plants, for their medicinal value. Freedom Rocks encourages clients to be beautiful and healthy simultaneously. A tangible example of this may be saturating your Sea Glass ring, as shown in the photo, in essential oil, before wearing. Glass is made by smelting silica rich sand and limestone at very high temperatures. Sea Glass is then perfected naturally by being softened and colored by years on the ocean floor or being tossed in the waves. The result is a creation of smooth, splendidly colored glass, which is also porous, allowing for the infusion of your favorite essential oil. In this manner of wearing, you are adorning yourself and, in so doing, honoring yourself. But you are also diffusing nurturing, volatile plant oils while expressing your beauty.
The sea glass in the bronze ring shown above was found off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. This rare sea foam green sea glass ring is set with solid bronze. Adjustable, one size fits most. Bronze is a copper based true metal that has balancing and magnetic properties. Bronze oxidises and tarnishes just like sterling silver so you may polish it with a soft cloth. Only $49!!
Jenstones Pop Up Shop at Either Ore Jewelrers August 03 2016, 0 Comments
Come join us Friday, August 12th from 11 am- 6 pm for a showing of Jenstones latest creations. Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge Is located at 2165 General Booth BLVD in Virginia Beach, VA.
Jenstones in July 2016 July 28 2016, 0 Comments
Come cool off this Saturday with a Jenstones Trunk Show! Texture of Ghent is a unique boutique located at 806 Baldwin Ave, below the Fairgrounds Coffee Shop on Colley Ave. in Norfolk, VA.
Veni, Vidi, Vici July 13 2016, 0 Comments
Pearls of Wisdom: A True Story June 12 2016, 0 Comments
Pearls have magical transformative powers: their ability to take an irritant, encase it and convert it into a glistening jewel is a fantastic metaphor. A pearl's creation story is a case in point: natural pearls form when a microscopic parasite enters a bivalve mollusk and settles inside the shell. Irritated by the intruder, the mollusk forms a pearl sac of external mantle tissue cells and secretes calcium carbonate and conchiolin to cover the irritant. This secretion process is repeated many times, thus producing the hardened pearl. Natural pearls come in many shapes; round ones are the exception, and are therefore the most rare.
Traditionally, pearls are given for graduation, confirmation, nuptials, those big milestone ceremonies, many of which occur in the balmy month of June. These events in our lives are blessings, but are not often wrought and fulfilled without effort, perseverance and, dare I say, genuine angst and irritation. If not for the rigor involved, the success may not be as succulent. Irritation is a funny thing; it can certainly serve to interrupt pleasure, and, in some cases, it can easily eclipse joy altogether. Some people seem to thrive on irritation or annoyance as their driving force in life, it becomes their modality. These people tend to become calcified by their own bitterness as they grow older. But then we have the pearl...an elegant, iridescent, fantastic manifestation of trepidation and struggle, a tangible representation of our surmounted irritations. The pearl symbolizes our innate ability to transform vexation into perfect, transcendent moments, or a disciplined practice of creating beauty, despite or, better yet, because of life's obstacles.
The Italian film director, Federico Fellini surmised, "All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography." Wear your pearls proudly. I am sure you have earned them. The world is your oyster, after all!
Show here: Jen Stone's Sterling Chain Necklace with White Pearls: fine sterling silver wire and select genuine stones or fresh water pearls are delicately twisted together to create this lovely chain. The chain has a vintage feel and is designed to accent your favorite Jenstones pendant or may be worn by itself. The length is 18-20 inches with a sterling silver chain extension and pearl finish on the end.
Also shown: Jen Stone's Dangle Earrings with White Fresh Water Pearls : timeless gifts from the sea, pearls represent innocence, faith and charity. These lovely fresh water pearl dangle earrings are set in sterling silver. Because each pearl is created by nature these earrings may differ slightly in shape, and texture.
#jenstonesbeautytips Honey Mask Scrub May 23 2016, 0 CommentsGlowing Castor and Honey Mask Scrub
This scrub and mask in one works wonders on your skin to reveal new skin, decrease spots and scarring, and make your skin plump and moisturized. Your skin will have a radiant glow and softness after this mask. Take a half teaspoon of Castor Oil and half a teaspoon of raw honey and sprinkle in some sugar (crystallized sugar is best for this recipe, but the sugar right out of your cabinet works great). Gently massage onto freshly cleaned, damp skin for about one minute. Allow it to stay on for at least 5 minutes to 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cool water and pat dry skin. Your skin will feel soft and fresh, and look radiant. Enjoy the glow.
WARNING: Aligning Your Chakras Can Be Dangerous May 08 2016, 0 Comments
Aligning your Chakras can be dangerous. You have to be ready. When you align your chakras, you run the risk of being wiser than your friends. You may have to listen to their toils and tribulations and, although you know exactly how to solve their life riddle in a nanosecond, you will have to nod throughout their whole story without appearing smug. Of course you must be ready for emotional fulfillment from your most remote and kooky relatives, clarity of intention, abundance in whatever form you seek, pronounced and illustrious sexual connections, self-affirmation oozing out of your every pore, and inspired serenity borne from an unhindered conduit to your spiritual source.
Why is this dangerous, you may ask? Remember Monty Python's The Life of Brian? The shoe scene? What about when Forrest Gump started running? When your chakras are aligned, you run the risk of becoming the most radiant sentient being most people have ever encountered. Therefore, you will have admirers, followers, groupies, fans, papparazi, publicists, sponsors. You will fly dragons, tame unicorns, establish world peace and double rainbows will sprout each time your lovely foot touches the Earth. Too much? Okay. I guess that is why most of us aspire to Nirvana, but spend many lifetimes trying to arrive there. The marksman/woman must aim high.
What better way to start or enhance your journey to becoming a metaphysical heavyweight contender than to adorn yourself with these radiant Chakra 5 stone drop earrings? These earrings contain stones that correspond with 5 of the 7 chakra centers: rainbow moonstone, amethyst, blue topaz, peridot, and citrine all set in sterling silver. The earrings are hree inches long, and include 10 faceted 6mm stones. Ommmmmm.
Fertility Rites April 04 2016, 0 Comments
Fertility rites were performed in early spring in ancient civilizations to ensure the fecundity of Mother Earth, and therefore the welfare of the tribe, people or civilization. Often these rituals were reenacted by the alpha matriarchs. They included provocative, even erotic, dancing, singing, drumming and performing. The rites were intended to inspire and evoke procreation, beginning with fervent desire, and culminating with birth, the ultimate creation of new life. Spring brings with it that urgency to breed; just watch all the bees out yonder pollinating and facilitating plant love! We humans also have an intensity to create: whether it is literal, as in a beautiful new human life; or figurative, as in a budding business venture, relationship, travel experience, adoption, a new house, a wedding....what better time to embrace that primal tide, quench your desire and bring fruition to your passion?
Wear fabulously the fruits of your labors by donning this hand-crafted tribal tusk necklace. The necklace is made with sterling silver and turquoise colored howlite stone tusks. The chain is adjustable to16-20 inches and has a turquoise stone finish on the end. Matching turquoise tusk earrings also available. Just the perfect combination to get your mojo strumming and your hips swinging!
Infinity Links Us All April 04 2016, 0 Comments
Pi in the Sky, a Circular Conversation March 06 2016, 0 Comments
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