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Ideas for my designs come from various sources. At times it is something that spontaneously develops in my mind whereas at other times it may be something I see and then work into a new design. The other evening, a necklace someone was wearing on tv caught my eye and I immediately thought of many different variations on the design. This happens frequently, but unfortunately I often forget about it by morning. This time I could not get the image of the necklace out of my mind.

In the morning, I sat down at my workbench and began to experiment to see what developed from the ideas that were floating around in my mind. The final necklace turned out to be one of my all-time favorites. It is a three tier pearl necklace with a teardrop pearl gracefully hanging from each tier. I like it so much because it is simple, yet dramatic. It’s elegant, but at the same time, slightly sexy. I’m so excited with how it turned out that my mind is now overflowing with many different variations on the design—so many I would never be able to make them all.

It gives me great satisfaction when one of my designs ‘feels right’ to me and I get flooded with ideas for other pieces that will have a similar feel. The only problem with being this excited about making jewelry is that I have to make myself put down the pliers long enough to do laundry, clean, and other necessary tasks.  I’m sure that I will finish all of these chores at a fairly fast pace because I’ll be anxiously looking forward to spending time at my workbench working on the new pieces. (a.k.a. ‘having fun’)

I’m very fortunate that I enjoy my work as much as I do. Not only do I get to work in my pajamas many mornings, but I’m doing something I love to do. It doesn’t get much better than that. 🙂

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In my section ‘a little about me’ I’ve described myself as a woman who feels things deeply and then tries to find ways to express those feelings—-at times through my jewelry. Being a person who feels things deeply can be a blessing as well as a hardship. Feeling the extreme joys in life can be one of the sweetest experiences in life, but feeling deep sadness is one of the hardest. The fact is that you can’t feel one without the other. By opening your soul with complete abandon to love, joy and life your heart becomes immediately open to the more painful emotions of life. I am a person who is brought to tears easily and at times I find myself wishing I could be a bit less ‘prolific’ in that way, but in many ways I’m extremely thankful that I am that kind of person. I recently found this quote and it touched my soul and made me even more thankful for my ‘gift’ of tears.

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the make of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…..and unspeakable love. ”

–Washington Irving

There is something cleansing in tears. They are caused by deep emotions that can not be contained, but find their way out of your soul in the form of beautiful teardrops. I’ve always appreciated the unique beauty of teardrop pearls, gems and beads. They have such a feeling of warmth and beauty to them and it suddenly dawned on me that they are a perfect symbol for human tears. Tears are warm and if you really think about it, they are often beautiful. Granted, we may not consider ourselves ‘beautiful’ with splotchy faces and swollen eyes from crying, but the tears that form in our hearts, flow from our eyes and gently slide down our cheeks are packed full of whatever is in our souls and that can be a truly beautiful thing.

The emotions behind tears can be very complex. They are often caused by several different emotions at one time. One kind of tear in particular has a unique beauty to it—the tear that is brought about by joy and pain at the same time. There is something exquisitely beautiful about being able to cry tears of joy about something that is also causing pain as well. It is a true blessing to be able to feel inexpressible joy for someone’s good fortune even though that same good fortune causes pain in your own heart. I think that is the kind of tears that the quote above is referring to. Those tears are ‘messengers of overwhelming grief…..and unspeakable love’.

I, for one, am thankful for the gift of being able to shed those kinds of teardrops and I am reminded of a passage from the Bible…Psalm 56:8.

You have kept record
of my days of wandering.
You have stored my tears
in your bottle
and counted each of them.

I am truly beginning to believe that God does see each and every tear we cry and when those tears are the result of love, especially a love that He/She has placed in our hearts………..I like to think those are kept in an especially beautiful bottle. Those tears are a visible sign of true love. Tears that are the result of that kind of inexplicable love are what I see as ‘treasured teardrops’.

I have a feeling that you may be seeing more teardrops worked in to my designs in the weeks and months to come and you will know that they are in some small way a tangible expression of my deep feelings and are visible symbols of my ‘treasured teardrops’.

I share this with the hope that for any of you who find tears streaming down your cheeks will somehow be able to see some small amount of beauty in them………..even midst the pain that may be causing them.

Teardrop Designs by Brenda Elaine

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