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The healing power of bespoke jewelry

In Philippine Star Column on August 30, 2013 at 1:39 am
Bling it on. Customized jewelry with healing properties

Bling it on. Customized jewelry with healing properties

People often look at jewelry as simply an accessory that can add a touch of elegance or playfulness to their outfit of the day. Jewelry also connotes a certain status, or has sentimental value for some, but only recently have people discovered that the gemstones or semi-precious crystals used in certain pieces may actually contain magic “powers.” For German-born Pamela Bähre Ebensperger, the call of the crystal was what piqued her interest in switching careers from in-demand fashion model to accessory designer. “I was a model for 17 years, traveling the world and getting exposed to so much beauty and design but I knew I wasn’t going to be a model forever so I wanted to find a new love. I have always loved jewelry, what it is and all that it symbolizes, so  I learned to craft jewelry, goldsmith, silversmith, stone-setting, and the techniques involved. In  2011, I studied gemology in GIA and did some specializations. I am currently completing a jewelry design course,” explains Bähre Ebensperger. Having moved to Chile when she was very young, she soon found herself exposed to the more metaphysical attributes of gems and semi-precious gems. Latin America has some of the biggest mines in the world and because its culture is a blend of both mysticism and modernism, she found herself designing intuitively, starting off with creating pieces for close friends and family. “I use all kinds of crystals from diamonds to quartz. All gemstones have vibration, and energy. They can all store, focus, transmit and transmute  certain energy frequencies so I choose them carefully, having in mind what the client wants and needs,” she says. She also intimated that metals carry their own frequency and she chooses to work largely with silver and gold as settings.

Precious things. Metals and gemstones in unusual, one of a kind designs.

Precious things. Metals and gemstones in unusual, one of a kind designs.

Bähre Ebensperger’s personality is as sparkly as her designs as she eagerly shares some of her “success” stories in matching a particular piece to a client. The first piece she shows me is a set of wedding bands she made for a gay couple in Chile. “They’re actually among the best hairstylists there,” says Bähre Ebensperger. “In Chile there’s no legal marriage for gay people yet and they have been together for over 30 years so they asked me to make them something symbolizing their union. I made wedding bands that don’t look at all like wedding bands. I crafted them out of silver  since it  embodies the energy of the moon, feelings and creativity. They told me when they wore the rings they really felt the energy and love and said it was as if they were starting a whole new chapter!”

Cuff it up. Chunky and sleek shapes and sizes.

Cuff it up. Chunky and sleek shapes and sizes.

The next photo she shows me is a ring — something she made for her mother who was going through what she calls a life-transforming situation at the time. “She wanted something to remind her of her new spiritual awareness and the power of her mind. I chose to design a flower in full-bloom made of white gold. Gold, besides being very malleable,is a metal that attracts wealth and prosperity. Silver is the add space color of grace so she is constantly reminded of the grace of God.” The next picture she shows me is of a ring she made for her very close friend, Rosa, which has a stunning blue gemstone that draws the eye. “The stone is called Alexlite and it is a color variety of the crystal flourite. It was made to symbolize our friendship so I wanted grace, creativity and the perfection of nature because for Rosa it is very important to be natural and true to one’s self.” Bähre Ebensperger continues: “Rosa is also head of sales for an international clothing brand so she tends to be ‘masculine’ in her ways, so the ring serves as a balance-transmuting and transmitting feminine qualities. She is also awakening to her spirituality and dark blue or indigo is the color of the sixth chakra, the one that connects you to your higher self and spiritual realms. As the stone changes color from blue (in fluorescent light or daylight) to purple in incandescent light (yellow or candle light) it also embodies the attributes of the seventh chakra which is the one that connects us to God.”

Mama mia. A ring made for the designer's mom to symbolize her spiritual growth.

Mama mia. A ring made for the designer’s mom to symbolize her spiritual growth.

What can one expect when getting Bähre Ebensperger to craft a personalized piece? First, she explains, “Getting inspiration after talking to and getting to know my client… their dreams, desires, and what they want to feel when they wear the jewerly… their aura. Then comes the design or, in my case, this is almost always the crafting. The metals must be melted, forged, shaped, polished etc. and if the piece has gemstones the setting follows. I usually just see the materials and the inspiration takes its own form.”

Nice necking. A choker that connotes an upward movement of energy.

Nice necking. A choker that connotes an upward movement of energy.

Lovers of Ovex jewelry are more than happy to shell out a minimum of P17,000 per piece with the security of knowing that it is perfectly attuned to them in every way, eliciting certain emotions everytime they put it on. Better yet, as every design is one-of-a-kind, it serves as a reminder of how unique and special they truly are.

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For more information e-mail pimidivina@ovex.us or call: 0949-8889238.

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Investing in something you will love forever-a repost from Ava.zine

In Living a Life Off-Center on August 4, 2012 at 12:03 am

In my other life as founding editor for AVA’s e-zine (www.ava.ph/avazine/) check it out everyone this weekend! 🙂 I’m often asked what are things that are buy-worthy. Especially now that quality is something that is easily overlooked when trying to keep within a certain budget. There is one thing I have learned though in my Soul-in-Training days, and that is save for yourself, and splurge on yourself. Yes, of course you have responsibilities, but it’s also important to treat you as the most special person in your life. So, yes, do things for you, and invest in yourself, and if that means buying something especially pretty and special that you know will last you a long time, then it’s money definitely well-spent. I recently had an inquiry that led me to write the introduction of this blog. I myself am happily guilty of loving bright and sparkly things that offset or enhance whatever I wear. Not all my accessories are precious gems of course, so when I find pieces that are affordable yet high in quality, I can’t help but share them with others. I hope you also find something truly special for yourself over the weekend, whatever it may be, make sure it spells P-R-E-T-T-Y 🙂 If the rainy weather makes you want to stay indoors, I will do a shameless plug and ask you to visit http://www.ava.ph, you will find lots of things, for men, women and kids-basically for anyone on the lookout for a great find. Enjoy!

 

Am always on the lookout for something special for myself, but also practical. I am normally in the office but try and meet up with friends for after-hour drinks whenever I can. Is there anything chic I can invest in that I will love forever?

Kaye C-via e-mail

Hi Kaye! Yes if there is something you should definitely invest in, it’s in a beautiful, one of a kind accessory that can be your accent piece for any outfit you put on. Like you, I am always on the lookout for something beautiful that when I put on not only makes me feel very stylish that day but is an eye-catching add-on to even the simplest ensemble. Statement earrings, like a gorgeous pair of chandelier or drop earrings are flattering to most faces and outfits. If you work in a rather conservative work environment you may choose earrings that are unusually shaped instead with a pop of color to go well against your hair or skin. Also, it’s a must nowadays to have a cocktail ring with fine detail or a dramatic stone or gem set into it. Cuffs are great to have too and depending on your wrist you can look for a finely crafted one or a bold one which can be your stand-along accessory from day to night. Think of jewelry whether precious or semi-precious as the icing on the cake, it has to make you look and feel absolutely delicious!

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Chic-ily yours,
Katrina

Detailed delicate-jewelry from Narra

In Living a Life Off-Center on April 24, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Accessories play a big part in any chic boy and girl’s wardrobe. Chunky cuffs for example can be the one wear-able accent to change an entire ensemble as well as dramatic drop earrings or an immense-finely crafted neckpiece. But what about those days (even nights) when a gentler more refined energy is more resonant? Think of details, so fine they are only noticeable by the most discerning eye, or more importantly appreciated only by the wearer herself (or himself)?

Narra, a new line of jewelry created by newspaper mainstays Bea Ledesma and Ria Francisco-Prieto launched several simple yet intricate pieces at the Cake Shop in High Street, Fort Bonifacio

Designers and besties Francisco-Prieto and Ledesma at the Narra launch

This design duo had long wanted to collaborate on something and jewelry seemed the most do-able, as well as most fun. “We wanted something that was different but still didn’t have to be too difficult to produce and most of all wear” shared Ledesma as she showed me some of the necklaces and bracelets “we also thought that this limited selection would be Filipino in a way because of the elements involved” Elements included a whole fish pendant that even showed bones and scales.

Delicate yet definitive pieces

Two of my personal favorites were the shark jaw pendant, like the one wore below by Esquire Magazine’s Audrey Carpio

Jaws jewelry

and the fishbone flexible “fine” cuff that was wrist wear worthy. The rose gold in particular was scooped up by most of the guests at the launch.

Fishbone bracelet a great wrist add-on

Looked great even when paired with a dressier ensemble to boot:

Truly a lovely addition to any ensemble

With a very successful and well-attended launch, the girls must be over the moon and will probably be producing an equally playful yet stylish new line soon. I can’t wait!
Narra will soon be available at AC+632 Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City.