Some of the stories are not true. But they tell of an event from a non-scientific perspective which can bring us understanding and healing.
Everything has a story. Rocks, trees, mountains, streams, animals and people all have a story to tell.
Even the jewelry that we make tells stories. How the piece was made is one story. The properties of the stones and metals that you choose to incorporate in the piece is another story. Even the animal images and decorative designs that you use can communicate a message.
We can connect with each other through the sharing of our stories. I think the key for us as jewelry makers is to find the best way to share these stories with our customers.
When I create a piece of jewelry, I try to learn the properties of the stones that I am using. I want to be sure that I use elements that are harmonious. When I put the item on my sale table, I display it with a card like this:
Display card for "Iron Tiger"
Display card for "Purple Passion" necklace
These cards tell the stories of the stones that I have incorporated in two of my wire wrapped pieces. (If you would like to see them, just click on the link below the photo).
When I design a beadweaving pattern, I also try to tell a story about the motifs that I choose. I include some of the information on the pattern itself. Some of the story also appears on the site where my pattern is displayed and still more of it will often appear here in my blog when I introduce a new piece.
Several of my fellow beaders have told me that they enjoy learning the stories of my patterns. If you enjoy the stories, I bet your customers would also enjoy hearing them. So why not share them?
Here are some ideas to help you share stories.
- Make cards to use on your display so the piece can tell the story if you are working with another customer.
- Make smaller cards to put in the package with the piece when you sell it. Then the customer can take the story with them.
- Strike up a conversation with your customers when you see they are interested in a piece. If you have something special to tell them about that piece, it might make it even more appealing to them.
I hope this information will encourage you to tell the stories of your jewelry to your customers. Teach them and preserve the knowledge that we have as jewelry makers and human beings.
original Native-style beadweaving patterns are available at: