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2014-08-31 08:59:49

sunday musing 83114

2014-08-27 00:50:41

Loving the bohemian to chic beach feel.  From the blues to the camels, feathers to crystals...customize your unique look with accessories.



2014-08-24 13:55:29

love and compassion

2014-08-17 20:29:35

The floral motif as a design theme in jewellery started blossoming (pardon the pun!) thousands of years ago with the ancient Egyptian and ancient Greek civilizations.   Indigenous flowers to a particular region, whether they're roses, ivy, or magnolias, have been used in jewelled creations to convey and elicit a multitude of emotions, from romantic love to friendship to love of nature.   As with many jewellery designs, its popularity would ebb and flow across history and geographic boundaries.   


As a staple of our natural world, flowers' recurrent popularity is virtually assured with the lapidary.   To cite a few examples, jewellery with this motif was expansive during the Seljuk dynasty in Persia (1037-1194), and later on in the Ottoman Empire (modern day Turkey) where floral hair adornments in the 1500's were highly prized.  Flowers were very much the inspiration behind the 16th century baubles created by the pepper-trading powerhouse of Aceh (modern day Sumatra), and much of India’s fabulous jewellery has displayed this flower power on and off for many centuries.  



Floral cues inundated Native American horologists' wares, from the Apache to the Zuni tribes, throughout their long and proud histories.    In Europe, floral rage took root during the early Victorian Romantic period (early 19th century), and again in the Art Nouveau and Arts and Arts and Crafts movements a century later.  



The 1930's brought floral patterns to the fore, while the Hippy movement's "flower power" of the 1960's brought it back into day-glo coloured enamel prominence.  Indeed, flowers in jewellery always seem to come back into vogue every couple of decades.



Now, here we are in the Summer/Fall of 2014, and the beguiling flower is once again the muse for jewellery designers.  Pieces with this motif have been seen on the runway from many of the major fashion and jewellery houses worldwide.  Here at 3SHAHS, we love using flowers in our designs, from the  Pansy Goddess to our Nature's Nector ring seen below.  As always, you can contact us to have a unique piece made to order.  


Remember to  slow down and  take time to smell the roses (and other flowers), and adhering to the latest fashion trend, wear them too!

2014-08-17 12:11:02

2014-08-14 14:11:20

Dreamcatchers originated within the cultures of the Native American nation tribes. They are usually constructed with a hoop (traditionally of willow), sinew or woven plant webbing inside, and some kind of feather(s) hanging from the base.  If the dreamcatcher is for a girl, the feathers are from an owl (signifying wisdom) while if it's for a boy, the feathers are from an eagle (meaning courage).  



Traditionally, adult dreamcatchers do not have feathers, but some other type of adornment at their base.  Legend has it that the good dreams pass through the hoop unaffected, and glide down the feathers hanging below to the sleeping person.  The bad dreams would get caught up in the webbing within the hoop, and be extinguished with the first light of day.   


Originally they came from the Anishnabee (Ojibway) and Lakota tribes.  They are called   bawaajige nagwaagan  and iháŋbla gmunka by these tribes respectively.  In the Anishnabee history of the dreamcatcher, the Spider Woman (Asibikaashi) initially protected the children from bad dreams, only allowing the good dreams to pass through her web.  But as the people spread far and wide across the land, it became difficult for Asibikaashi to reach them.  So, mothers and grandmothers would weave magical webs for the children to take her place and function.    In honour of its origins, the number of points where the webbing attaches to the hoop is ideally 8 (as the Spider Woman had eight legs). 


In the Lakota version, an old Lakota spiritual leader had a vision on a high mountain.  The great trickster and searcher of wisdom, Iktomi, appeared to him as a spider.  Speaking a sacred language, Iktomi picked up the elder’s willow hoop adorned with feathers horsehair beads and offerings, and began to spin a web, all the while talking about the circle of life; about the good and bad forces that can help or impede the harmony of Nature.   He said;


"Use the web to help yourself and your people to reach your goals and make good use of your people's ideas, dreams and visions.  If you believe in the great spirit, the web will catch your good ideas - and the bad ones will go through the hole."


The Lakota elder passed this information along to his people.  Consequently, they would have a dreamcatcher hanging somewhere close to where they slept to heed Iktomi’s words.    They also believe it holds the destiny of their future. 


Many Native American tribes would subsequently adopt the dreamcatcher, and what it represents, during the Pan-Indian movement in the 1960’s and 70’s.  Non-natives have also came on the bandwagon, and their popularity has exploded over the last several decades. 




Shah Emily Noaman of 3SHAHS constructs many intricate, custom dreamcatchers to meet her clients needs.  Be it for decorative use in your home, cottage or even your car to simply bringing more of the good into your life.  If you’d like to inquire more on your very own dream catcher, sent us an email.  In closing we leave you with these mystical words:


The dream net has been made
For many generations 
Where spirit dreams have played.
Hung above the cradle board,
Or in the lodge up high,
The dream net catches bad dreams,
While good dreams slip on by.
Bad dreams become entangled
Among the sinew thread.
Good dreams slip through the center hole,
While you dream upon your bed.
This is an ancient legend,
Since dreams will never cease, 
Hang this dream net above your bed, 
Dream on, and be at peace.

-author unknown


2014-08-10 11:09:52

don't look back

2014-08-04 19:27:25

If you were born in the month of August, then your birthstone is called Peridot.   The term Peridot is derived from the Greek word “Peridona” meaning “to give richness.”   A crystal form of iron, magnesium and silicon, the shade of green is determined by the amount of iron within any given piece.  More iron means a darker green, with a dark olive green being the richest and most prized. 



Peridot is believed to have many spiritual and healing properties.  People in ancient times believed it was a springtime stone and a gift from Mother Nature.  A dream about peridot was said to warn of impending danger.  A necklace made of it was believed to have soothing effects and ward off negative emotions.  The gall bladder and liver were said to benefit from its healing properties.  Peridot it cut into many different shapes - thank you to JewelrySecrets.com for the lovely depiction of cuts.



Four thousand years ago, the tiny Egyptian island of Zabargard became the first documented source of Peridot.  Early Crusaders who visited St. John’s Island, as it was then called, introduced it back to Europe when they returned from battle.  Many ancient references refer to it as chrysolite, and early Christians considered it sacred. To this day, out of a sense of tradition, Catholic Bishops wear a ring with this gem. 



Peridot is part of the Olivine mineral family, generally found in abundance in mafic and ultramafic rocks, and is carried to the surface by lava from active volcanoes.  Meteorites are also a source of peridot.   A large, high quality deposit was found in Pakistan in the mid-1990’s. Today peridot is mined in many places around the world, from Egypt to Nevada,    It is now much more ubiquitous than ever before, easily satisfying worldwide demand for the foreseeable future. 


On a final note, did you know that the 1870 Tiffany & Co. catalogue featured this poem on the pretty Peridot;

"Wear a Peridot or for thee,

No conjugal fidelity,

The August born without this stone,

Tis said, must live unloved alone."

2014-08-02 23:29:45

smooth sea

2014-07-27 12:24:02

Toronto’s Little Italy was abuzz with positive energy Wednesday night at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club.  The reason for this was an awesome fundraiser called No Good Woman Left Behind  for a very special young woman, Carolyn Van. An entrepreneur and dancer, Van was recently diagnosed with lymphoma. Being self-employed, she didn't have the benefit of long-term health insurance.  Her friends, including those from local performance and training group High Heels High Hopes aka Army of Sass (of whom she’s a member), decided to throw a big party to help defray her medical and rehabilitation costs.  While she was a little apprehensive about having everyone pay so much attention exclusively to her, she was nonetheless delighted by the strong showing of support;  

"I read my blog....I see the number of people; the comments, the text messages, the emails.  But it's so nice to see people in person,face to face."


She also had another reason to celebrate; she just finished her last round of chemotherapy, which is generally considered to be the hardest part of any cancer treatment.  



A 2 time RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award nominee, Carolyn Van is one accomplished woman.  She co-founded thirdocean, a digital communications company and of Cardboard and Ideas, a company that generates and executes new ideas in the gaming industry, among others.  She has a B. Comm. from the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University and she majored in Marketing Management.  While her busy work life leaves little time to experiment with it, she is also a self-confessed foodie; she has a food blog called Food Ventures.

Shah Emily Noaman and 3SHAHS are pleased and inspired to help out a fellow female entrepreneur in her battle against cancer.  To this end, Shah created a luminescent bracelet and earrings for Carolyn to wear during this special night's festivities.


The night presented a mix of fantastic dance numbers, including one from High Heels High Hopes. They put on a sexy, sassy and classy 25 minute routine that was representative of some of their past shows.   Other performers included, among others, Danielle Rowland, Eleven, and one of our all time favourties, DJ Fizza 

The CEO of High Heels, High Hopes Inc., Carla Catherwood, had this to say about the event;


“Both as a dancer and self-employed entrepreneur, Carolyn is one of the hardest working women I know.  We are eager to do all we can to help subsidize the medical and personal costs that she will be enduring over her treatment and healing period.”


There was an outstanding live performance from singer/songwriter and actor Cory Lee. Having lost a cousin and close friend to cancer, she was more than happy to help out Carolyn;


"It's a cause I'm deeply affected and passionate about.  My choreographer and the event's organizer is Carla Catherwood, and when she asked me to be part of it, it was a no-brainer."


 Above, Cory Lee performing with her talented crew

 Above the notorious DJ FIzza doing her thang!


From left to right, Saadia and Jehan


By any measure, No Good Woman Left Behind was an enormous success.  Having raised just under half of their $20,000 target prior to the big day, a little over $17,500 was ultimately taken in to help Carolyn.   A hearty congratulations to everyone involved who made last night such a memorable one, helping  Carolyn

"kick cancer's ass"