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“The Natural, the Eternal”
Behind our Planet Earth Jewelry
For our festive edit, we celebrate mother nature and see ourselves reflected in the world around us. Inspired by that which is natural and eternal, our new Planet Earth jewelry collection encompasses stones steeped in history, with their significance and usage traceable back to antiquity. Each natural stone is set in upcycled 18k gold or palladium-plated brass, congruous with our mission to source our materials responsibly and minimize our effect on our planet. In this editorial, we explore the curious qualities of these earthly delights, and consider our intrinsic connection with the natural world.
Words: Katie Cazalet-Smith
Images: Souvenir Collective
AGATE

Typically forming on or within pre-existing volcanic and metamorphic rocks, agate occurs in a wide range of colors and patterns and has been used for ornamental purposes since Ancient Greece. The name is derived from the area in Sicily in which it was discovered by Greek philosopher Theophrastus, and it is said to harmonize positive and negative energy as well as enhance mental function.
OBSIDIAN

Obsidian is a naturally occurring black volcanic glass formed by the rapid cooling of lava. Jet black with a vitreous luster, this ancient stone is found in volcanic regions across the globe and has been long prized for its utility. Employed for a variety of purposes by early civilizations, from jewelry to weaponry, obsidian is celebrated to this day and is said to shield against negativity and tension.
ROSE QUARTZ

Rose quartz is a translucent pink variety of quartz. Its association with love and reconciliation began in Ancient Greece, where Aphrodite’s and Adonis’s blood is said to have combined after a tumultuous love affair—eventually forming the translucent pink rock. Since as far back as 7000 BC, rose quartz has been utilized for jewelry and art across Europe and Asia, and is widely considered to foster calmness and compassion.
GREEN JADE

A stone revered by many cultures, green jade is a gemstone with historical significance spanning over millennia. With roots in ancient Eastern civilizations, jade is believed to have a variety of benefits, including bringing serenity, tranquility, and good fortune to the wearer. Its durability lent itself well to the crafting of tools and weapons, while its brilliant luster made it a favorite for ornamental application, such as jewelry and talismans.
RHODONITE

Discovered in Russia, rhodonite is a natural, hard stone with a subtle pink hue and natural veins. Its name is derived from the word rhodon, meaning rose in Greek, on account of its distinct pink hue. While prized for its ornamentality as long ago as Ancient Greece, rhodonite was also believed to hold metaphysical powers and promote happiness during the Middle Ages. Nowadays, rhodonite is considered to be the stone of emotional balance.
AVENTURINE

Belonging to the quartz family, aventurine is a natural, hard stone considered to bring luck. The name is derived from the Italian “a ventura”, meaning “by chance”, referring to the accidental creation of a type of glass by a workman in Murano, Italy, which was later given to the the mineral on account of their similar appearance. Typically green but also occurring in a variety of colors, this shimmering stone is said to absorb electromagnetic waves and guard against environmental pollution.
LAPIS

Lapis is a deep-blue metamorphic rock, composed of multiple minerals. It has been highly sought after since ancient times, with lapis jewelry being found in prehistoric tombs across Africa, Asia, and Europe. The Sumerian goddess Inanna has been depicted wearing the gleaming stone, and it was favored by all manner of royalty and deities on account of its intense color. Lapis continues to be a much-beloved stone across many cultures, and is a universal symbol of wisdom, truth, and healing.
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Words: Katie Cazalet-Smith
Images: Souvenir Collective
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