NICHE Magazne - - Inside This Issue - By Sylvia Ten­nant

Cre­at­ing a Ba­li­nese in­spired jew­elry col­lec­tion.

If you had told me five years ago that a sig­nif­i­cant part of my fu­ture ca­reer would be ma­neu­ver­ing a scooter through rice fields and jun­gles wear­ing a back­pack filled with gemstones from around the world, I would have laughed in dis­be­lief. How­ever, this was my re­al­ity just a few days ago as I made the 20-minute ride from my bun­ga­low in Ubud to my sil­ver­smith Made’s stu­dio. I’m cur­rently on my third visit to Bali, and sec­ond de­sign trip for Zaleska Jew­elry.

The evo­lu­tion of Zaleska started with my best friend, Danielle Noel. She and I be­gan col­lab­o­rat­ing on neck­laces and rings that fea­tured re­pur­posed vin­tage find­ings in­spired by her es­o­teric aes­thetic. As the brand evolved, the vi­sion for Zaleska grew into the idea that jew­elry had a greater pur­pose than sim­ply adorn­ments - it could ul­ti­mately en­hance one’s state of be­ing. In­cor­po­rat­ing crys­tals into the brand came from a gen­uine in­ter­est in meta­physics. Over the past three years, I be­gan study­ing the count­less fas­ci­nat­ing an­cient and cur­rent civ­i­liza­tions that used NICHE colum­nist, jew­elry de­signer and un­apolo­getic fash­ion­ista, Sylvia Ten­nant is cre­at­ing her new­est crys­tal jew­elry col­lec­tion, and NICHE has the ex­clu­sive story that be­gins with an in­spi­ra­tional jour­ney to the In­done­sian is­land of Bali, and con­cludes with the ful­fill­ment of a dream... gemstones for heal­ing and hon­ing en­er­getic fields. There are 4 main gemstones that have al­ways been a part of the Zaleska brand over the years. Each has in­spired me be­cause of their beauty (es­pe­cially when pol­ished and faceted), col­or­ing,


and abil­ity to con­nect their wear­ers to some­thing greater than just a new piece of jew­elry. These are the tal­is­mans of my brand.

A fan fa­vorite be­cause of its be­lieved abil­ity to sep­a­rate one’s en­ergy from other peo­ple. It is one of the most pow­er­ful pro­tec­tors in the min­eral king­dom. Oc­cur­ring in ig­neous rocks, its col­or­ing varies from gray to blue, green to yel­low, and some­times pur­ple.

Pre­dom­i­nantly as­so­ci­ated with fem­i­nine en­ergy and the moon, this gem­stone en­hances in­tu­ition and pro­motes in­spi­ra­tion. It has be­come in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar over the years and I’m thrilled to be work­ing with a large batch from In­dia in this next col­lec­tion.

This gem­stone soothes and pro­tects heart en­ergy. In the an­cient world, it was ded­i­cated to the god­dess Venus for its abil­ity to in­sure se­cu­rity in love. Emer­ald has been a source of fas­ci­na­tion and rev­er­ence in many cul­tures for over six thou­sand years and has been highly hon­ored in all ma­jor re­li­gions for its spir­i­tual power and beauty. Fun fact: it was sold in the mar­kets of Baby­lon as early as 4,000 B.C.

The boom of bo­hemian fash­ion has turned this stone into a clas­sic sta­ple. Sim­i­lar to labradorite, turquoise is ex­cel­lent for dis­pelling neg­a­tive en­ergy. It is also known to al­le­vi­ate anx­i­ety and pro­tect its wearer while trav­el­ing. It’s one of the few stones that has a val­u­a­tion is based on ori­gin. Part two of Sylvia’s Bali ad­ven­ture in­clud­ing lo­cal in­spi­ra­tion, de­sign de­ci­sions and a look at her Ba­li­nese jew­elry col­lec­tion! In­side NICHE - Fall 2017 is­sue.

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