After last week’s sneak peek of the talisman jewellery I’m currently making, I thought I’d share the locket that’s my own current favourite talisman, and how I came to choose it.

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From, and featuring an image by, one of my very favourite artists, Nicola Taylor, it shows her self portrait titled “Listen to the Colour of your Dreams”.

How to choose yours

A talisman should be a wearable reminder of something – a way to keep your dreams or wishes, hopes or beliefs, close to you. It should also be something that makes your heart sing – whether in colour, or style, or some kind of indefinable quality you can’t quite put your finger on.

Things to think about:

  • the colours that speak to your soul
  • words that have always meant something to you, whether in your mother tongue or another language
  • objects or animals (or both) you are drawn to
  • things people automatically associate you with
  • your dreams, aspirations and hopes – what could represent them?

There are no right or wrong answers, and only you will know when you’ve found the one (or more) which speak to you. I made a unicorn pendant as another talisman when I couldn’t find quite what I was looking for after months and months of looking. But you’ll notice that this locket doesn’t have a unicorn in sight…

It does however have lots of the qualities from the list above – it’s in my favourite colours, it speaks to my dreams, it’s by someone who constantly inspires me (as much for how she escaped the city as for her photography work) and it’s a locket. I have had an obsession with lockets and boxes and keys since I was very small – they’re almost talismans in themselves. What better place to keep a secret?

And of all Nicola’s work, this is the image I love the most – it makes me happy in the most indescribable way. (Yes, indescribable even for someone who loves to write and talk as much as I do!)

So I was thoroughly overexcited when she released some of her images on lockets, and especially chuffed when it turned up with a matching card I can frame!

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And of course your talisman doesn’t have to be jewellery – what would you choose?

Wishing you unicorns and happiness,

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