When we began working with precious gemstones we oohed and aahed over their natural beauty and just loved incorporating them into our traditional designs. It really took our pieces to another level and felt genuine to who we are. As time went on I began to learn more about each stone and its unique benefits. I loved having their healing energy around, whether it be with our jewelry or even as pieces on display for décor.
Crystals have an incredible amount of energy in them and can be used to absorb, transmit and even amplify certain feelings. Many people use crystals in the home or workplace to create calming and relaxed energy within the space. My kids actually sleep with the selenite crystal under their pillow as they feel it keeps the bad dreams away! Selenite is known to create calm and give a feeling of protection.
There are certain other stones that really resonate with me like the Rose Quartz. This gem has wonderful benefits that encourage Self Love and Unconditional Love. Now, who wouldn’t want to wear love around their neck!?! Other stones that I’m drawn to are amethyst, turquoise, jade and agate to name a few! I found it fascinating that turquoise is one of the first known stones to be mined. From the Aztecs to the Egyptians turquoise was used for both its beauty and protective nature.
About a year ago, I experienced a Reiki session for the first time and this particular Reiki healer used stones during our session. This opened up a whole new world to me in terms of the respect I had for the magical stones we were using in our jewelry. I began to fully understand why they felt so good on, and really grabbed people’s attention. I found it so gratifying to know that not only does our jewelry look great but it actually holds healing and positive energy that can be used to balance our individual surrounding energy field.
The Sage Collection honours the chakras. Many of the stones used have unique benefits for each chakra. Shaifali Kapur is a professional model and good friend. She has studied yoga and various energy healing techniques. I wanted to get her perspective on the Chakras and the use of Reiki…
The chakra system is located within our energetic body and can attribute to how we move through life. “Chakra” is a Sanskrit word that translates to “wheel.” They are essentially vortexes of energy that sit at various points within our bodies. We have seven primary chakras that begin at the base of the spine and continue up to the top of our heads. The First Chakra is known in Sanskrit as Muladhara, or simply — the root chakra. It is located at the base of the spine, where the tailbone sits. Muladhara holds the seat of our infinite potential (also known as Kundalini Shakti) and is associated with our sense of fearlessness, adaptability, stability and security. When this chakra is out of balance, we tend to move through life with fear, disconnection and stress.
The Second Chakra, known as Swadhisthana or the sacral chakra, is physically located at the level of our reproductive organs. It represents our link to taste, desire, pleasure, sexuality, creativity and flow. When our Swadhisthana isn’t functioning well, we can experience guilt and a consistent feeling of something that is lacking in our life. When this chakra is balanced, we experience greater energy of abundance, joy and creative flow.
The Third chakra is our Manipura, located at the level of our solar plexus — also known as the solar plexus chakra. This chakra houses the seat of our fire, our passion and determination in life. A strong sense of willpower is deeply associated with how enlivened our Manipura is. It represents our deepest will to go above and beyond our limitations and breeds total self-confidence. When imbalanced, it tends to cultivate feelings of insecurity, victimhood, depression and even anger within the individual. Getting to know your inner fire is extremely invaluable, as fire is a beautiful element for us to develop — it really forces us to cultivate personal power. The reason it gets a bad rep is that fire is so often associated with aggression and anger. It’s important to note however that these associations only exist if one’s Manipura is imbalanced.
Moving further up the spine, the Fourth Chakra is located at the level of the heart, in the middle of the chest and is referred to as Anahata. This is truly where the magic happens! Not only does our Anahata hold the seat of all love and compassion, but it also carries the strongest electromagnetic field. If you want to feel its magic, hug someone you love and match your heart chakras against one another. Hold this embrace (with total presence) for a full two minutes! The electromagnetic field of your hearts will merge together and your nervous systems will sync up, creating a sense of ease and total calmness. When this chakra isn’t functioning optimally, one tends to feel emotional longing and attachment or co-dependency. However, as we work to enliven this chakra, we can experience total freedom, joy, a transcendence of fear and immense clairvoyance.
The Fifth Chakra is known as Vishuddha or the throat chakra. It’s located right in the centre of our throat and as you may have guessed, it represents our will to speak. The power of one’s word is an important quality to cultivate, as it is our birthright to be able to express oneself, to find one’s voice and to be able to speak from the heart. Although it is greatly linked to speaking, it also represents our ability to listen without judgement and transmute thoughts into wisdom. With that said, when this chakra isn’t functioning appropriately the individual can have a hard time using his/her voice to communicate their needs.
One of the most popularly mentioned is the Sixth Chakra, also known as the third eye or Agya in Sanskrit. It is also nicknamed as “The Master Chakra.” It’s located at the third eye centre and represents the seat of our natural intelligence and intuition. Without the ability to tap into our intuition, we may find it challenging to feel full alignment in our lives. As we tune into our natural intelligence, life follows suit and responds to the higher vibrations that we learn to have.
The final chakra is Sahasrara, also known as the crown or Seventh Chakra. It is located just above the head and symbolizes total enlightenment. Enlightenment represents our spiritual connection with truth and bliss.
All of these chakras can be worked on to manifest a more fulfilling life. After a little bit of contemplation, it’s quite easy to see how the quality of our chakra system influences the quality of our life. Reiki is an excellent modality, that is used to cleanse the energetic “gunk” from our bodies. The practice works with helping to bring our chakras back into balance by inviting healing energy to flow through the practitioner and into the patient’s body. I’ve completed my Reiki Level 1 certification and an amazing thing I’ve learned is that the healing energy always knows exactly where to go. By healing the body energetically, we’re also able to bring greater healing to the physical as well as emotional body. Another modality for bringing the chakras into balance is through Kundalini yoga. This is a measurable science that involves raising one’s personal power, or Shakti, by unlocking the energy that remains dormant at the base of the spine — in the Muladhara. Through Kundalini work the energy uncoils itself and rises upwards, piercing through the upper chakras. In doing this, we can gain greater access to our energetic body and ultimately greater access to a fulfilled life!
Many things changed in our world since we began to work on this collection. In some ways, it has allowed us to slow down and reflect on family and inner peace. In other ways, it has brought up many feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. Like many of you, we had plans and goals for this year that we’ve had to put aside or on hold and this collection was one of those things. Recently I began to feel more positive and hopeful. I decided we needed to share this beautiful collection. It felt like we wanted to open up our doors and welcome you all in (figuratively speaking of course) to a space that faces the fear that surrounds us and asks what can I do with this fear? How can I grow from it? How can I smother it with love? One of the things we have begun to do before the kids wake up is burn sage every morning. A technique that is called smudging, has many benefits including an energetic cleansing. It’s become a comforting scent that represents the beginning of a new day. A clean slate, ready for optimism and faith.
With humble gratitude for our health, the country we live in and our loved ones we present to you the Sage Collection.
Photography by @alinarahmanphotography
Jewelry Design & Creative Direction by @banglez_jewelry
Makeup by @sarahstewart.beauty
Dupattas/shawls by @manikjassal
Special thanks to Shaifali Kapur for her insights. @shaifali.kapur