A lover of music all my life,
I was fortunate enough to hear Great Music since I was a child
and the privilege of learning to play the piano.
Since my teen years,
I have taught music to beginners and intermediate musicians,
watching the love of music spread through the generations.
I was introduced to classical music first,
however I have learned to embrace music from every culture,
finding country, rock and many other “kinds” of music inspiring.
Although performance music is the “most common” form we are all familiar with,
learning music as a way to enjoy life itself has been my focus.
From the concert hall of listing to professionals
to immersing myself in the raw sounds of the Public Drum Circle;
Finding music deeply spiritual and sheer fun.
To celebrate my love for it,
I have developed a line of jewelry with musical themes,
including both instruments and musical notation.
The Grand Staff Amulet
When one observes most music written for the piano
– or any score which embraces “most” of the notes
– one typically comes across the Grand Staff.
This is actually the Treble (G) Clef above
and the Bass (F) clef below.
Between the stack of five lines above and five below,
is found Middle “C” – found in the center of a keyboard.
This “short hand” way of writing music simplifies the process
adding ledger lines above and below where needed.
Typically the grand staff includes an additional bracket
known as “the brace” with key and time signatures included.
Combining the two clefs into a single glyph
and excluding the brace and the lines,
the piece is simplified into a concept:
the full spectrum of sound.
A back bail is provided
behind the treble clef to hang the pendant on a chain or cord of cord,
hiding the way it is hung so it looks like it is floating.
The Grand Staff Amulet would be ideal for anyone who studies or simply appreciates music.
For more music themed jewelry, please visit my Music Jewelry Page
Years ago I had attend a few Renaissance Faires
I saw the employees break into a Drum Circle as the guests were leaving…
I wanted to join in!
Once I got into the business of traveling about to the Faires,
I was able to attend a few and was enchanted.
Then, in the 1990s,
I began to sell my work at a variety of Events
and attended drum circles after dark.
After watching for several months,
a drum was thrust into my hands and I was hooked!
All my music background gave me a launch pad
into the fray of rhythm and dance.
The opportunity to drum with others was liberating,
I found myself being a part of music like I have never experienced before.
Drum Circle Amulets
I met Freedom:
a Drummer who taught me this kind of music,
then Bezel, Night Hawk, Tawny, Kelly and Miguel.
I found it hard to concentrate on my jewelry creations
between drum circles;
always leaning towards the down beat of every manifestation of sound.
Freedom inspired me to create the “Drummer”
The Drummer Amulet
a small amulet that is actually a tiny sculpture
of a little fellow drumming on a Djembe.
From there I created a host of dancers;
an entire set of these little people,
designed to hang on a chain or cord around your neck or bracelet
or attach to a drum.
And then finely a couple of years ago
a young lady requested that I make a “Drummer girl”
and so I did.
Drummer Girl Amulet
The dancers were inspired by people I have seen around the fire over the years:
The flowing Lady,
Man Astride, Amy, and more.
These Amulets of the Drum Circle Dancers
may be used as charms for your drum;
components to your charm bracelet hang on a jacket or as a pendant around your neck.
They are meant for those that love the drum,
rhythm and music in general.
They are meant to evoke exuberant cooperation,
spontaneous creativity and Joy.
Not finding what you are looking for?
you may have something special made!
please visit my
How to order Custom Page
The pan flute is considered the first mouth organ,
ancestor of both the pipe organ and the harmonica.
Named for its association with the Greek god Pan,
the pipes of the pan flute are typically made from bamboo
giant cane or other tubular materials.
One of my most cherished memories from childhood
was seeing Fantasia for the first time.
I recall seeing the movie when I was about 9 years old and of all the segments.
Beethoven’s Sixth was my favorite:
seeing all those Greek mythological creatures,
centaurs, cherubs and unicorns flying about were all too wonderful to forget.
For years when I see a cypress tree light by sunset,
I can hear the melodies of the Sixth in my head.
As I have grown older to appreciate summer and harvest time,
there is nothing like a great music to bring in the flavors of the season:
the scene from Fantasia where the Centaurs bring the grapes from the fields
to be crushed and Bacchus is rolled in by his trusted friends,
surrounded by grapes… and the music…
Pipes of Pan Amulet
To rejoice in the time of year
when music is on the air and people are gathering to share their good cheer,
I have created The Pipes of Pan Amulet. The central feature is a pipe of Pan,
surrounded by grape leaves and a cluster of it’s bounty.
This is for lovers of good times, good company and good music;
an Amulet to celebrate life itself.
For music jewelry, please visit my Music Jewelry page
Few would argue about the power of music.
Many times in my life
I have heard music which inspires images,
sensations, new ideas…
My earliest memories tied
to a piece of music,
whether it be a song,
a sonata or
instrument playing in the distance.
Now I listen to music when I am carving,
sketching or sculpting;
it provides more than a background.
More a flux helping
to merge ideas which would not normally go together.
The Transcendence Amulet
is about the power of music.
Combining a Treble
(or “G” clef)
over a five point star.
The Star is a universal symbol
which represents the Ideal:
more than the sum of it’s parts,
it symbolizes the balance of the elements in unity with the spirit.
The Treble Clef enhances the star:
it’s center a spiral moving up,
ascending beyond the Ideal:
The Transcendence Amulet
is for musicians and people who love music
whether it be a Doxology or a drinking song.
If you wish to own one,
please visit my Transcendence Amulet page.
For more music Music Jewelry please visit my Music Jewelry Page
Peace through Music
From Classical, medieval, jazz, new age and even Rock and roll,
we find music which can evoke the power of Peace.
We use music in our churches, temples and synagogues
to help us turn away from our daily routine of hustle and bustle.
A quiet time alone in our vehicles and homes,
music can calm and sooth our worries.
Peace Music Amulet
In 20th century America, Musicians were asked to create songs which would inspire,
turn us away from our woes and “put on a happy face” in the shadow of war and poverty.
By playing our instruments and singing we lift our spirits.
In celebration of the power of music in our lives,
I have created the Peace Music Amulet:
a sixteenth note with a peace sign in the dot
designed to hang on a chain or cord from the back bail behind the flags.
Perfect of the musician in your life or a way to help remind yourself and others
about the power of music in our lives.
To get your Peace Music Amulet,
visit my Peace Music Amulet Page.
More Peace Jewelry may be found on my Peace Jewelry Page
More Music Jewelry may be found on my Music Jewelry Page
Combining the treble clef and bass clef as earrings
and a sixteenth note as a pendant we have the Grand Staff Collection.
The staff, (or stave),
is a set of five horizontal lines and four spaces that each represent a different musical pitch.
A grand staff is two sets of staffs held together with a bracket.
In the case of written music for the piano,
the top (typically) is the treble clef and the lower staff is a bass clef.
For this collection,
the treble clef (one inch tall)
and the bass clef (5/8 inch)
are earrings with a sixteenth note
(about one inch tall)
hung on a 16 inch chain
(longer lengths of chain are available when ordering).
I described the Treble clef, Bass Clef
and Note Amulet in greater detail in earlier blogs.
All available in sterling silver, the sixteenth note had crushed turquoise in the center of the “dot”.
These are a great way to celebrate your love for music!
Whether you play an instrument,
sing or simply love music,
the Treble Clef Earrings are perfect for the music lover in your life.
To order yours,
please go to the Grand Staff Collection page.
More music jewelry may be seen on my Music Jewelry page.
“If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.”
The Note Amulet
inlaid crushed turquoise
giving the note a touch of the blues
Music is ancient:
One of the oldest ways to communicate is through music.
We find instruments in tombs, illustrated in paintings and sculpture,
written about as far back as 2000 BC and expanded upon
in every culture on the planet.
Music is powerful:
Those who suffer physical ailments
attribute listening to music as a way
to ease suffering and calm the nerves.
In recent studies,
music is credited in increasing brain matter,
developing sacred and serene spaces,
elevating the poorest of us to fame and stardom.
Music is inspirational:
Both listening to music and playing it
has been found to raise the heart and inspire great works of art,
science and literature.
Music has been harnessed by religions
and story telling all over the world.
In celebration of Music itself, I have created the Sixteenth Note Amulet.
This is a sixteenth note
(the two flags on the stem marks the interval)
and contained within the dot is inlaid crushed turquoise
giving the note a touch of the blues.
One inch tall with a bail behind the flags.
To order, please visit my Sixteenth Note Amulet Page
More music Jewelry may be found in my Music Collections Page