JEFFERSON CITY — "They are more peace than just pretty," Adrienne Walker Hoard, fine artist and professor, said of the wearable pieces of art and peace she makes. Amulets for Transformation are necklaces, bracelets and occasional set of earrings Hoard makes with pure gemstones.
Typically, amulets are believed to be objects that promote a feeling, opportunities and more. The items are not thought to bring about the change by themselves but in conjunction with a spiritual belief about a higher being.
In their pure form, gemstones (amulets) supposedly invoke color Chakra balancing and promote the transformation or growth of the person wearing them and enhances the person's own unique energy signature.
The amulets are supposed to work with one's internal rhythmic patterns to release a specific energy the wearer is seeking. The wearers benefit from the amulets, in part, due to their connection and belief in a higher being.
Hoard found her inspiration in Revelations 21:19-22.
The verse reads: "And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: Every several gate was of one pearl: And the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass."
The 12 stones Hoard uses stand for the 12 gates into heaven.
"Some people see the natural benefits of using the gemstones. Others see and connect with the spiritual connotation," she said. "The women in South Africa are praying as they are beading. They are praying for the soul of the person wearing the beads. They are my inspiration."
The colors of the amulets are said to specifically benefit certain systems and bolster certain energies, as they correlate to the color of the Chakra, a concept rooted in traditional Indian medicine dealing with internal sacred centers for greater awareness and well being.
The Crown Chakra is purple; Third Eye, indigo; Throat, blue/turquoise; the Heart, greens and pink; Solar Plexus, yellow and Tiger's Eye; Sacral, the sexual Chakra is represented with orange and the Root and belief we all stem from the Earth is red or black.
Those seeking certain healing or for enhancement of aspects of their lives are typically drawn to those amulets.
"I do not recommend certain things unless someone asks — you are drawn to what will fit your needs," Hoard said.
Those seeking needs and a deeper connection to the Earth are drawn to red amulets; those with wants they wish to have met or who are in need of pleasures are drawn to the oranges from the Sacral Chakra; those wanting to focus on themselves and self-esteem are drawn to yellows and Tiger Eye. Those wanting a love connection are drawn to green or pink amulets, and blues tend to appeal to those who use their voice frequently or are heavily involved in communications trades. Those wishing to strengthen their connection to the divine seek help from the Crown Chakra found in purples.
The amulets are all 100 percent pure form, Hoard only works with a handful of dealers around the world, to ensure she is getting high-quality stones.
"I have to be true to myself, and for my sense of integrity it has to all be complete gemstones," Hoard said, noting — she makes the pieces on her own or specifically for someone at their request. "I take this very literally — I choose the stones very much based off of my feelings or the feelings they wish to invoke."
She also says a blessing and Reiki prayers as she creates the items. Those who do gain benefit from the amulets are not asked to believe or practice a certain religion, as they are not a religious piece.
"It is all very much a spiritual connection," Hoard said.