Lovers Lane: Minuet Raven Sandifer
Meet my lovely "sister" Minuet. Minuet is not actually my sister; but she is my youngest brother, Elliott's one true Love. When I was first introduced to Minuet, I immediately noticed how wise she was beyond her years. Minuet has a confidence and gracefulness to her that speaks directly to her culture and history of growing up in a Native American community in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Native Americans have a vibrant culture founded in their Love and appreciation for all living creatures, the land, and most importantly, their tribe of family. Minuet shares this profound Love and appreciation for her family; and more specifically, a great admiration for the personal style of her Grandmother and Mom; and how they would pair gorgeous, traditional turquoise pieces of jewelry with every day clothing. (Can you imagine how amazing they must be!?)
At a very young age, Minuet began collecting beads with the dream of creating the jewelry she admired as a child. Today, Minuet is following her dream into reality; with her signature collection that combines the tradition of the past with the inspiration of today's modern style.
Minuet Raven Designs is a collection of necklaces and bracelets made with beautiful vintage beads of glass, semi precious stones, turquoise, and fetishes.
Minuet's Fetish Collection is my absolute favorite! I Love the history and beliefs of Native Americans' fetishes. (And we are not talking about the kind that involves fishnets, black leather, and red spiky heels. Believe me, that is what first came to my naughty mind when Minuet was introducing me to her jewelry.) No, Native Americans have a beautiful belief that fetishes, otherwise known as "animal charms," have "magic powers that are used to assist against potential problems involving mind, body, or universe. Each animal has a specific power of meaning. Most fetishes relate to animals of prey, which are acknowledged as the most powerful providers in life; and therefore are accepted as having great powers and strong hearts. The animal spirit is thought to reside in the stone and to provide protection, healing, strength, and good fortune. Native Americans sometimes adorn their fetishes with turquoise, coral, arrowheads, etc., to show affection and appreciation; for it is believed that the better the treatment the fetish receives, the better the performance it will provide." Minuet names each of her pieces; and if you click on the name, you will be connected to her website with all the detailed information for each piece.
Minuet's 2011 Collection is amazing! Each statement piece is strung together with a story of inspiration and Love. Minuet creates each piece in her jewelry collection with its' vision as an heirloom, to be passed down through generations, in the similar fashion and style of her Grandmother and Mom, and in honor of family, culture, and tradition.