Brigid’s Jewels and the fire of inspiration

One of my recent jewelry creations, the Clockroach Earrings.

Jewelry and storytelling are two of my lifelong passions. At a very young age, I realized that jewelry was more than just a shiny thing or an expensive gift. It was a symbolic language, telling tales of who we are, what we value, where we’ve come from, and where we’d like to go.

In addition to writing, I also tell stories made of brass and beads. I sold these narrative baubles at the Central NC Pagan Pride festival over the weekend, with my friend Jill. I’m JLHjewelry and she is Liv’n’good Jewelry, but together we call ourselves “Brigid’s Jewels.”

Brigid is the ancient Irish goddess of inspiration, poetry, and smithing. Seems appropriate, as I hammer on both a keyboard and a jeweler’s anvil.

I haven’t sold at an event in ages — let alone an outdoor event, in the rain. Good thing we had a canopy! Here’s my side of the booth:

~ J.L. Hilton

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