From its origins back around 1600 BC when Greeks first started using gems to make jewelry, jewelry has been a fun, artistic way to dress up an outfit. For some, however, jewelry means a lot more. Certain symbols used in charms, pendants, and as accents are more than just embellishments. These jewelry symbols and meanings are a powerful means of expression. And they can have a much deeper value to many.
Motivational Jewelry Symbols and Meanings
When selecting your jewelry for a deeper meaning, some symbols mean a lot to others but may not speak to you. It’s important to learn more about classic symbols and find the perfect accessory that expresses your values and intentions. Below are eight of our most popular jewelry symbols and meanings. We hope you learn more and are able to find the perfect icon that speaks to you!
Enlightenment • Purity • Overcoming Obstacles The lotus shows us what it means to emerge from murky waters into a beautiful flower. This timeless symbol has had significant meaning in many religions including Buddhism and Hinduism. The lotus flower’s meaning is based on the way it grows in nature. Starting as a bud beneath the (often murky) water’s surface, it eventually grows and emerges in the light as a blooming flower. It often symbolizes overcoming difficulties, spiritual enlightenment, self-realization, purity, rising above, strength, power, and personal progress. This symbol is beautiful on jewelry as a dainty charm such as in this lotus bracelet or as a larger statement such as a blue lotus necklace made with Swarovski® crystals.
*The color of the lotus breaks it into an even deeper meaning: white = purity of mind, pink = perfection/Buddha, red = compassion, blue = knowledge, and gold or yellow = achievement of spiritual enlightenment.
Protection • Good Fortune • Luck The name hamsa comes from the five fingers on each hand. In all faiths the hamsa is a protective sign symbolizing the hand of God; rather an overall good luck charm. Happiness, luck, good fortune, and protection (from the Evil Eye) are said to be brought to the owner possessing this symbol. In jewelry, the hamsa works well as an accent piece, even more in simple hamsa stud earrings or these abalone hamsa earrings.
Protection • Health • Good Fortune The evil eye symbol is based on a legend that those who are the recipient of the evil eye’s glare will undergo misfortune. Protection against evil are said to be brought to those wearing it. An extremely popular symbol in jewelry design, pieces like this blue evil eye cuff made with Swarovski crystals or this evil eye charm necklace are sure to keep the negative energy at bay!
Tree of Life
New Beginnings • Positive Energy • Higher Purpose The tree of life symbol is known for representing a new beginning, positive energy, growth/strength, immortality, and a higher purpose. Its roots and branches are a reminder that you are connected to the outside world and never alone. This re-enforces the underlying concept of the symbol in its entirety – that all life on Earth is somehow connected.
Meditation • Healing • Spiritual Guidance The mandala symbol is an artistic expression symbolizing the universe; mandala’s literal meaning is “circle.” Modern consumers have associated the mandala with a bohemian lifestyle, however, it has been around for a long time as a spiritual symbol. It’s meaning varies from balance, to unity, to harmony. Most importantly, it serves as a representation of the order and connections in the physical and spiritual universe.
How to use: Mandalas should be selected for your person symbol by simply choosing one that appeals to you. Its primary use is then for meditation. An intention should be set and then it should be followed with focusing on the selected mandala. Allow yourself to take the beauty of it and your mind to wander calmly. If/when you mind begins to wander to someplace negative, bring your focus back to the beauty of the mandala.
Soul/Resurrection • Transitions • Overcoming Difficulties The butterfly symbol is one of the most common and has been known as a symbol of major life transitions. Whether they are minor changes, difficulties you are overcoming, or major life events…the beautiful fluttering of the butterflies shows the movement from one phase to the next with grace. Many also believe that the butterfly is a symbol sent to comfort and reassure those who have lost loved ones, that their soul lives on. We love pieces like the blue abalone crystal butterfly pendant; to bring a subtle but stunning reminder with us whenever needed.
Stability • Trust • Security Some of our most popular requests are for seaside/beach symbols. To many, the ocean represents a free-flowing, laid-back lifestyle and feelings of serenity. The anchor is no exception. Especially in representations like this Anchor Charm Necklace that are paired with other oceanic symbols. In literal meaning, the anchor is used to slow or park a boat; safety/security, trust/confidence, and stability/being grounded.
Good Fortune • Fertility • Prosperity Did you know that some of the very first jewelry ever recorded in history was made from shell? The cowrie shell is one of the best-known seaside icons; serving as an iconic symbol for luck, prosperity, and good fortune. It also has been said to provide great luck with fertility, birth, sexuality, and menstruation.
What Gives Meaning and Motivation to You?
Whether it’s a message jewelry piece such as hidden message necklaces, a piece with meaning to its wearer such as birthstone jewelry, or motivational jewelry with symbols and meaning…We encourage you to carry something with you daily to help add a little meaning to every single day!
Looking for that special touch of “ear”-resistible style?! There are so many gorgeous, stylish earrings out there to choose from: statement earrings, chandelier earrings, cuff earrings, earring jackets, and more! And of course, we offer several of these. However, our most common request lately has been for basic earrings. Everyone wants that one pair of basic stud earrings or simple earrings for daily use. That touch of glam that works with pretty much every outfit in their wardrobe; for completely effortless style.
Maybe you spent months finding the perfect height of heels for your awards ceremony. Or you raided your closet for days to find the cutest outfit for your kid’s dance recital. Maybe you had the perfect dress fitted for the night you think he might pop the question. Or maybe it was just looking for simple outfits to wear to work without requiring too much thinking in the morning. When it comes down to it, you need a simple touch of elegance that doesn’t pull the attention away from your outfit. No matter the situation, a pair of basic stud earrings, classic hoops, or simple drop earrings = an effortless solution.
Guide to Basic Stud Earrings & Simple Earrings for Daily Use
Choose earrings for the occasion:
Work – opt for smaller studs or hoops that are more on the conservative side. Anything that’s a plain silver, gold, or crystal stud, smaller, or daintier, are ideal picks. Top recommendation >> Round Crystal Stud Earrings
Day event/time with kids – choose studs that are fun and playful and may spark conversation without getting in the way of being active! Top recommendations >> Ladybug Stud Earrings
Choose earrings that are flattering on you:
Based on your hair color – if you are a brunette avoid browns and darker warm colors, if you are blonde avoid whites, and if you are a redhead avoid reds or oranges. Any cute colors will work as long as they don’t blend in!
Dependent on your skin tone – cooler skin tones look good in red, purple, and blue and warmer skin tones look good in yellow, orange, and green. Top recommendations >> Faceted Tear Drop Earrings (Blue) for cooler skin tones and Lemon Drop Earrings for warmer skin tones.
Based on your face shape– if you have a long or oval-shaped face, try studs or shorter drop earrings. If you have a square or round face, pendant or drop earrings will help lengthen your face. If you have a heart-shaped face, statement earrings make a great pick. Hoop earrings compliment every face shape. Top recommendations >> 1” Basic Hoop Earrings look great on anyone!
Choose earrings that match your outfit:
With a busier outfit – less showy earrings will go better with outfits with busy prints, patterns, and built in jewels, while you may want to opt for a flashier earring to jazz up an outfit of mostly solid colors/no prints.
Dependent on outfit color/tone – Warm jewelry pairs well with cooler colors; and cool jewelry pairs better with warmer colors. Top recommendation >> Glass Flower Stud Earrings for warm color outfits.
For a themed outfit – example: pearls and seas tones/beachy colors work great for a summer look! Top recommendations >> Pearl Heart Stud Earrings
Choose earrings that follow trends:
Theme trends – find your simple earrings based on what everyone’s been talking about online: EVERYTHING mermaids, stars/celestial designs, Mermaid heart tail things, and cats!
Design trends – if you are going for a more simplistic pair, find your simple earrings based on design trends. Right now hoops are in!
Current seasonal trends & holidays – find your simple earrings based on the time of the year: snowflakes for winter, seashells for summer, etc. Right now, grab some cute hearts!
When in doubt, choose earrings that work for everything!
Individual crystals/rhinestones – grab an earring with a small rhinestone stud for the most classic piece you can find! Top recommendation >>Gold Square Crystal Stud Earrings
Classic studs – opt for a smaller, classic round stud with a rhinestone or plain silver/gold coating to match everything! Top recommendation >>Round Crystal Stud Earrings
Mini hoops –utilize the class hoop style for your final simple earring that goes with anything imaginable. Top recommendation >> Thick Mini Hoop Earrings
Loving the basic style accents? Simple floral pieces add a stylish touch to your everyday spring style this year! Be sure to check out our basic flower studs earrings, our NEW Blooming Bracelets, our pink flower lanyard and purple flower lanyard, flower charm hoop earnings, flower drop earrings, and more!
A Happy New Year is in order I believe, sooo Happy New Year!
Right now you’re overwhelmed with trying not to fail on your New Year’s resolutions only a week in, while simultaneously pondering where in the world you’re going to store all your holiday decorations. What IF I said not to pack away all your hot 2019 fashions?
You’re now sitting there thinking, “hmm okay she’s got my attention” I’ll keep reading. Well all you have to read is one more word …
I know in the past we tend to fall into this routine of “starting fresh,” and retiring our most worn and beloved pieces in the new year, but this is 2020. It’s a new decade and with that lets start a new trend and NOT tuck away everything just yet.
This is the first year, in quite a while, where trends from the year prior are not only rolling into the new year they’re thriving. In some cases, these trends did so well they are intensifying, for lack of a better word, so if you weren’t on the bandwagon before, it’s time to hop because the party is just getting started.
Cheers to a new year and these 5 jewelry trends that are roaring into 2020!
This is a trend that even if you haven’t participated in yet, you’ve noticed because lit-er-a-lly you can’t miss it. Yes, if you were wondering that was my sad attempt at a joke.
The versatile thing about this trend is that there is an infinite amount of ways you can style it. From the timeless basic tee to a complex outfit. Make sure you’re sitting down because I’m about the say the unthinkable. Mix patterns with patterns and colors that you’ve been told time and time again clash because duhh .. that’s the trend!
In its essence.
Let me put it this way. Think, “the funkier the better.”
Even our celebrities have endorsed this. Taylor Swift wore a funky pair of clear-green-see- through hoops to her SNL performance and Julia Roberts sported a pair of teal almost flower-like dangles to the British Fashion Awards.
This trend has certainly made its presence.
Now, I want to clarify, before you lose validation in me, that I’m not going to preach about the initial necklace that took over 2k15. You probably had one, your friend probably had one, heck even I had one…and honestly way too many items that were monogrammed that year.
This is NOT what I’m referring to.
More so, I’m referring to the trend of having sophisticated pieces of jewelry that you couldn’t pick up at any store, for any person in your life.
In case I’ve perplexed you, let me redeem myself.
The hint to this trend is that its personalized for YOU, so only YOU, and people YOU choose know the message.
As an outsider all you see is a clean, simple, sleek bracelet but for the person wearing it they see a subtle, but powerful message they carry with themselves all day.
One other way I’ve seen this trend is with a necklace. Basically, same concept here but not Morse Code, back to English.
The benefit to this is you’re actually doing two different things at once, even if you’re not aware of it. Coin pendent necklaces are a hot take right now, so mixing that with a hidden message necklace (with inspirational phrases like “I am strong” and “Let go of what you cannot change”) is a sure-fire way to stay relevant.
3. ALL ABOUT STONE
This trend brings life-no correction, personality to an outfit in a way that traditional metal can’t.
Stones are dimensional.
Take a moment and look at any piece of stone jewelry. It’s not flat. It has different facets and each is imperfectly perfect. Each tell their own story.
The reason this is up and coming is because it appeals to a broader audience. Whether its fashion or not if “it’s trendy,” some people want nothing to do with it.
Typically, this means the item will be over sold, mass produced in numerous colors and will take over your social media feeds. But this is different. There isn’t one stone that designers are able to chisel into and take what they want. Therefore, no two stones are the same.
This allows those not keen on trends to still partake.
A great reference point for this trend is the Brandon Maxwell Spring 2020 Ready-To-Wear Collection. Looking at photographs from the runway show, it’s evident just how much of a role stones will carry this turn of the decade.
4. Can you believe all the hoopla?
Two words Jennifer Fisher. Three words Mamma Jamma Hoop.
This is the single pair of earrings alone that started the hoop frenzy. Personally, I love them, but I also recognize the fact that honestly there isn’t anything special about them. Or at least nothing that I haven’t seen before.
Since these blew up designers are running with it and honestly, why not? The hoop is classic, timeless and easy to alter. Think about it. The thickness, sparkles, ridges just one tiny alteration makes it completely different.
Just look at these. Both are “gold hoops,” lightly put. I bet though, you just looking at these is thinking “I’d wear those to the office and those for a date night.” Or maybe you only like one pair. Simply saying they are just gold hoops is insufficient.
This trend is a no-brainer. And even when it isn’t trendy anymore, it’s a classic. So if there’s only one trend you decide to partake in 2020 I definitely think this one is worth investing in.
5. ESSENTIAL OIL
Did you know you could wear your essential oils? And I don’t mean wear it like perfume. There is jewelry specifically made to hold your essential oil all day and you would never know.
When I first heard about this trend, I was under the impression that the jewelry would stand out, look kind of wonky to be honest. Much to my surprise, the reason I never noticed this before was because you wouldn’t unless you knew. The jewelry looks completely normal, like pieces you and I wear everyday!
Pay extra close attention to each of these pieces. What do they each have in common? All have at least one bead that looks like a mini cheese grater. THIS is what I call the magic bead, but to others it’s known as a “lava bead.” All you have to do is grab your favorite essential oil and put about two drops directly onto the lava bead. And poooof you’re now wearing your essential oils.
The popularity of these oils has slowly taken over the market. We find them in our bath bombs, body lotion and even household cleaners. It didn’t take too long until the integration of jewelry and essential oils was created.
The main part about this trend and why it will be powerful in 2020 is that it’s not age or gender restrictive. Truly anybody, anywhere, can hop on this trend and have zero issues what-so-ever.
Now isn’t that nice to hear? 2019 has come to a close, but we welcome 2020 with open arms and are ahead of the trends. Is it too early to begin guessing what 2021 will bring?
Did you know that the gemstones used in your jewelry have many acclaimed benefits other than just looking beautiful? Here at Laura Janelle we have many gemstone enthusiasts, so we decided to take a deeper dive into the benefits of wearing gemstones. Gemstone jewelry really makes the perfect pair of fashion and function!
Gemstone Meanings & Powers
Many people that own or wear gemstone/crystal jewelry believe that they hold unique powers and energies in addition to their gorgeous appearance in fashion accessories. Some of the best-known being:
Amazonite for harmony; great for balancing emotion and personal growth.
Amethyst for its healing and soothing nature; great for meditation and calming the mind.
Agate for overall balance; emotional, physical, and intellectual.
Aventurine for success/luck and intellectual development.
Learn more about the uses and benefits of your favorite gemstone by signing up for our free eBook here (and receive a coupon code for 20% off your first order):
One of the main reasons real gemstones are some of the most popular fashion accessories around is due to their uniqueness. When real stone is used, not only do you get all of their benefits, but you also get the added benefit of the one of a kind, gorgeous natural cuts and patterns of gemstone; not a single piece is the same! Gemstone necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings also make for surprisingly easy styling. They are well known for the bohemian touch they add to peasant blouses and long tiered skirts, but also work well for:
An all-around classic everyday piece
To dress up a basic outfit (select the chunkier gemstone pieces)
Their unique color to create a theme for your outfit
A talked about piece/conversation starter (discuss the benefits of your piece)
A formal event (select the daintier gemstone pieces)
A personal motivational gift for yourself or a friend (what power/inspiration do you need more of in your life?!)
Most Popular Gemstone Pieces
Not sure where to start? Reference the list below for our most popular pieces and their specific recommendations:
Essential Oil Pyramid Stretch Bracelet | Top selling stone: Amazonite
Known for: harmony, balance, calm
Looks great: with flowy tops and dresses in dark, earthy colors
Boho Stone Wrap Bracelet | Top selling stone: Amethyst
Known for: peace, meditation, healing
Looks great: for dressing up a basic outfit that is lacking in color
Raw Element Pendant Necklace | Top selling stone: Blue Agate
Known for: clarity, focus
Looks great: paired with a shorter necklace or choker and a turtleneck or a nicer t-shirt in solid colors.
Rectangle Drop Earrings | Top selling stone: Rose Quartz
Known for: love, loving energy, relationships
Looks great: paired with lace or ruffled tops, preferred in white, light blue, pink, or floral patterns.
Raw Elements Statement Ring | Top selling stone: Blue Agate
Known for: clarity, focus
Looks great: with anything (tip: statement rings are meant to be worn on the right hand; ring or middle finger).
Healing Gemstone Jewelry?
Do you think gemstones have had therapeutic benefits for you? Or do you just wear your jewelry for the bohemian vibes it gives your outfit? Are there any other gemstones you’d like to see? We want to know! Make sure to leave a comment below or reach out to us on social media @shoplaurajanelle.
Essential oil jewelry creates perfectly blurred lines between the worlds of fashion, aromatherapy, and wellness. Whether you desire to add essential oils to your jewelry for their benefits, their scent, or simply for the fact that lava stone beads are unique…One thing’s for sure, essential oil jewelry is a cute, stylish way to incorporate essential oils into your daily life.
Of the jewelry lines at Laura Janelle, our essential oil jewelry is one of the most talked about, and the one that generates the most questions/curiosity. While a lot of essential oil jewelry is made with colored felt inserts that the essential oil is applied to, we make ours with lava (stone) beads. The appearance of these beads adds a touch of earthy and elegance to your outfit, making them a popular choice for those who like bohemian and daintier styles of jewelry.
What Are Lava Beads Made from?
In order to understand how lava stone beads really work, it helps to know their origin. Lava stone beads are in fact, exactly what they sound like. Each bead is a type of igneous rock; made from cooled molten rock. When a volcano erupts, as the lava spreads and cools, it becomes solid, porous, and black. The pores/holes make each piece very lightweight; easy to thread and wear.
*Real/natural lava stones are always black or brown. All white and colored forms are either dyed or made from a similar stone (such as pumice). All colors will work as a diffuser.
How to Put Oil on Lava Beads
The application of your favorite essential oil to your lava bead is simple due to the porous surface of the lava stones. Just add 1-2 drops of your favorite oil* to each lava bead. The best way to do this is to add them to a q-tip or on your finger and then rub it on the beads. You can also run an essential oil roller bottle over them. Allow the essential oils to soak in for a minute before wearing. The length of time the oils last varies based on how much and the type used. They can last anywhere from a couple hours to a full day, so reapply as the scent wears off/as needed.
*As with most essential oil use on the skin, you may want to dilute your essential oil with a drop of a carrier oil (such as coconut, almond, or avocado) to reduce the risk of a skin reaction, prior to applying the oil to the lava bead.
How to Use Essential Oil Jewelry
There are so many benefits to using essential oils on your lava stone beads, other than just for aromatherapy purposes/the pleasing scent. Here are just some of our favorites.
For attention-drawing style. Essential oil jewelry is some of the most asked about pieces and the classier appearance of the lava stones (as opposed to felt pads) makes for gorgeous stylish accents to your outfits.
To replace perfume. If you’re trying to cut back on chemicals in your life, but still love aromatherapy/using perfume, adding essential oils to your necklaces, bracelets, and earrings can be a great alternative!
To create a custom oil diffuser blend. Grab your favorite essential oil necklace and dab a different essential oil on each bead for your own custom scent!
To share your passion for essential oils or fashion with others. Love talking about fashion and/or essential oils? Essential oil jewelry makes for a great way to talk about these subjects as the jewelry is a great conversation starter!
Where to Buy Your Essential Oil Jewelry
Where you buy your essential oil jewelry depends on what type you’re looking for because there are so many varieties! At Laura Janelle, we have the following offerings:
Essential oil pyramid necklace and bracelets > each piece features a dainty pyramid focal lava bead; perfect for adding your favorite essential oil. The necklace is made from a chain, while the bracelets are made with genuine gemstone beads. Find them here.
Essential oil coin necklaces, bracelets, and earrings > available in gold, rose gold, or silver plating, these sophisticated pieces feature mandala coin accents, a sophisticated metal shine, and round lava beads. Find them here.
Bohemian necklaces, chokers, and bracelets > that feature icons such as a dragonfly, ohm, tree of life, heart, sun, lotus, and more! Find them here.
Wholesale essential oil jewelry > many of the options are available in wholesale programs for reduced pricing and on displays for easy-in store purchases. Make sure to create a wholesale account first. Then click the links above or the wholesale options won’t show up! Create an account here.