Ray Van Cleve Jewelry
Ray Van Cleve has been creating elegant limited edition and one-of-a-kind silver and gold jewelry for over 40 years. He fabricates his beads from sheet silver, and has expanded to include belt buckles, pendants, small boxes, and free standing metal sculptures. He personally hand cuts and forms all of the components of his pieces. His creation process is highly meditative, and he derives great pleasure from his clients’ joy in wearing his work. Ray incorporates semi-precious stones; all natural and untreated into his creations, such as turquoise,lapis,coral,and sugilite. All of Ray’s works are made of pure sterling silver,and 18k gold. He learned how to cut stones and polish silver from a Zuni silversmith in Gallup. Ray resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife and fellow artist, Emily Van Cleve.
Our beloved Silversmith Randy Christensen will be making a select few one of a kind pieces to celebrate this upcoming Valentine’s Day. Randy is one of our top selling jewelers. All of his pieces are unique and one of a kind. He and his family personally own and mine the turquoise that he includes in his work. This uniquely vivid blue turquoise hails from Villa Grove in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado. It is the ONLY turquoise mined in Colorado. Included below are a few examples of Randy’s impeccable pieces. Stay tuned for an update with his Valentine’s Day editions. They are sure to go fast, so please call, come in , or email for inquiries!
-SPIRITS IN THE WIND GALLERY-
We have some unique new arrivals from some of our famous Navajo jewelry artists Jeanette Dale and Roland Begay. All metals are sterling silver, striking turquoise,oyster shell,copper,and leather in the mix. Earrings, bracelets,and pendants, oh my!
Navajo Made Sterling Silver and Black Jade intricately inlaid Bracelet.
Sturdy clasp closure. 7 1/2 inches in total length.
Black Jade Uses and Purposes – Overview
Black Jade is the stone of independent living in spite of physical limitations. It inspires very old people, eager for active living, not to give up on dreams because they physically take longer to manifest. [Eason, 208]
Black Jade in the home encourages respect and a voice, from the youngest to the oldest. It is balancing if certain members are dominant, clever with words or manipulative. It is a protective workplace stone against those greedy for power using any means to succeed, and against controlling personalities who sweep everyone along with their unreasonable demands. [Eason, 208]
Jade is the stone of calm in the midst of storm. Its action balances nerves and soothes cardiac rhythm. A piece of Jade kept in a pocket or on a pendant to stroke from time to time recharges energy, and traditionally guards against illness. Jade may also be used to temper the shock or fear of the very young or very old being cared for in the hospital or away from home and family. [Megemont, 99][Eason, 266]
Jade is excellent for healing feelings of guilt, and for extreme cases of defeatism. It also treats “pathological normality,” an excessive desire to adapt oneself to a group, even if it is sect-like, exaggerated militarism, a follow-the-leader attitude, or the compulsive desire to give in to general opinion to belong no matter the cost. [Megemont, 99]
As a professional support stone, Jade aids doctors, nurses, veterinarians, and all healers in making practical diagnosis and in their applications. It is a support stone for educators, and Jade, carved in the form of a faith symbol, is uplifting to military personnel. [Mella, 130-133]
Jade pendants and necklaces protect against deception and authoritative abuse for financial or sexual gain. Jade signifies peace through strength, and is also helpful in homes or occupations that encounter bullying or intimidation from violent children or teens. [Eason, 268]
Black Jade is an excellent travel stone of protection. [Ahsian, 212] It is also a good amulet to wear when feeling insecure or afraid. [Eason, 208]
Spirits in the Wind Gallery, 1211 Washington Ave., Golen, CO 80401 303-279-1192