I am very excited to share with you the first few pieces of my new Oklhili' Hashi' Collection just in time for my first Mother's Day as a mother myself. Oklhili' Hashi' translates to "night sun" in the Chickasaw language. It is our phrase for moon. The pieces in this collection honor those moments of life changing transformation, when challenging times might break you down, yet you emerge a stronger, more radiant version of yourself. I began this collection shortly after the birth of my daughter, who is my Oklhili' Hashi'. This experience of giving and nurturing new life has been one of the most challenging, yet one of the most transformative times of my life.
Each piece of this collection celebrates the power of change and transformation, and symbolizes new strength that emerges to shine light in the darkness.
The pieces I am releasing now took me months of intricate wax carving. They feature panthers - a powerful clan animal from Chickasaw culture. Panthers hunt at night in the Chickasaw homelands of the southeast, and to me symbolize power and courage. The designs also feature tiny stars set with white sapphires.
A glimpse into my design process:
I hand carve wax using precision carving tools. These wax carvings are then transformed into precious metals via the lost wax casting method. Once the metal is cast, they are hand sanded and polished and set with the stones.
Here I check the fit of the stone and make necessary adjustments.
Panther Moon Studs were each individually hand carved so that each panther faces each other.
Panther Moon Studs, shop here
Starlight Panther Drop Pendant, shop here
Starlight Panther Drop Earrings, shop here