Am very excited as I've been thinking about this new range for a while. To help with his teething, my son has an amber bead anklet from www.dinodaisy.co.uk, which is based on the oils from the amber releasing the oils to help with pain relief. Not sure how much it works, however he continues to (touch wood) sleep through at night even though he's in pain occasionally during the day.
So I decided to make some simple bracelets based on this idea, and some more exciting ones - all using gemstones renowned for their healing benefits & properties. Obviously some gemstones are stunning in their own right, so hopefully the bracelets will be loved for how they look as well as how they may be able to help the wearer. The simple bracelets are a really basic design like the below:
The first is adjustable on a knotted thread base, while the second is my usual favourite toggle clasp (much easier but less versatile as the first can also be used as an anklet under socks etc if is doesn't match your outfit or would usually opt for more flashy jewellery as it's quite functional).
The rest of the range is more like standard costume/fashion jewellery. So using the basic gemstones, but adding a bit more colour or interest. I particularly love this one which is zebra jasper.
All of the jewellery will include a short information note to explain the gemstone's properties. I've not yet seen anyone selling their jewellery on this basis, so hopefully people will like it and want to purchase for themselves and friends. I did provide information on a necklace to one customer who'd asked about the beads I'd used and she said the receiver was really chuffed to understand the necklace components.
Here's hoping it'll go down well. The new range (so far...more to come) is now available on my facebook page: Yarn Hill Crafts