My goal in creating the unique handmade jewelry designs you see at New Eve Jewelry is simple: To encourage you and build you up through truth and beauty. That's why I pray over your piece as I design, handcraft, and carefully package it in my East Tennessee studio. It's why I use reclaimed materials - to remind you that you've been made new in Christ. Ultimately, it's why I agonized over this collection more than I have any other.
When it came time to pull together our spring 2016 jewelry designs, I had nothing. I mean, not one idea in my pretty (exhausted) little head. The truth is, I was weary. I worked hard in 2015, learning to be a mama, running a business where the Lord was clearly doing a new thing, and just generally adulting. You know the struggle. I scoured all my favorite jewelry and fashion sites, online vintage shops, and gem suppliers, only to look up from my screen and back at my messy, overstuffed studio with empty hands.
So I brought those empty hands to God. Nothing is too small or too big for him, even though asking him to design my collection sort of felt like both. Slowly but surely, the ideas came. I stumbled on some gorgeous vintage faceted brass chains, which you'll see in the Daybreak Lariat, Sunburst Locket, and the Eternity Druzy Pendant, to name a few. I came across the perfect geometric rose quartz, iridescent grey labradorite, and sky blue lace agate beads, which you'll see in our Marvelous Light statement necklace, Marvelous Light chunky bracelet, and the revamped Ask, Seek, Knock antique skeleton key necklace. The Lord even provided some lovely vintage brass leaf pendants for our Consider the Lilies set and vintage monogram charms for our Horizon Necklace, which I'm wearing as I write to you now.
Funnily enough, the scripture inspiration for this collection came after I chose my materials, over the course of designing each piece. Rather than reveal the whole picture to me at once, our sweet, wise Father revealed it to me bit by bit. He led me through the creative process to refreshment from my weariness and peace in His word. One day, looking at the gentle pastels & striking black gemstone colors crashing against each other, as the afternoon light playing off the vintage brassy chains, I heard it in my head: Light in the Darkness.
After the collection was named, the artistic and scriptural inspiration for each piece tumbled into place. The first piece I named was the Empty Tomb necklace, with its open geode pendant sparkling in the sun. I thought it was the perfect celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, the final action that took us from the darkness of our sin and suffering and into the new light of life. God was even more kind in perfectly orchestrating our lookbook shoot. Weather, scheduling, illness, and cancellations all brought together the perfect team and location. Jenn took stunning photos of Emily, Rachel helped style each look, and the winter sun just streamed into the windows at The Hive.
As much of a painful, joyful experience as I've had creating this collection, it’s nothing without you, sister. I pray this collection blesses you. I pray you wear this jewelry often, and that you feel like the treasured daughter of the King that you are. I pray you’d look in the mirror and know you’re beautiful because God loves you. Because you’re a new creation in Christ. I pray you’d take your scripture cards and stick them on your mirror, in your Bible, at your cubicle, on your fridge, in your best friend’s hands as you walk through life together. And I pray that this collection would help your heart celebrate the amazing work Jesus did on the cross, giving his perfect life so we could walk in His light.
With my love,
Megan Craig, Owner + Artist of New Eve Jewelry
Photography: Jennifer Japp | Modeling: Emily Presnell | Venue: The Hive in Knoxville, TN | Jewelry: New Eve Jewelry