March 2011 Newsletter
Japanese Stork and 12% discount for Eco related Designs
In this month’s newsletter - a symbol of forgiveness and ecological
symbols that were inspired by a ten year-old girl who changed the world
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designs please scroll down.
Pendant and Ring
"To err is
human – to forgive is divine."
Two months ago I was requested to create a jewel that symbolizes
forgiveness. I thought it was a great idea, since many people request
jewels as presents for making up or as symbols of unity and love.
Compassion and forgiveness are an inextricable part of oneness and
love. I chose to use the dove as the perfect symbol of forgiveness,
both because of the biblical story of Noah and the dove, that
symbolizes forgiveness and peace, and also largely because the dove (or
pigeon) was used from ancient times as a means of communication between
Engraved around the pendant and ring is the sentence – "To err is human
– to forgive is divine".
Mother Earth is dear to my heart,
We have several designs that relate to Mother Earth. We donate the
profits from sales of our pendant, "Mother Earth" to different
environmental organizations around the world.
My workshop is located close to the area where I grew up. I have
childhood memories of wild expanses of golden sands and pine trees, of
walking among wildflowers looking for turtles, toads and lizards. I
once kept a turtle I found as a pet. Today in those same fields are
apartment buildings and a monstrous shopping mall and instead of the
wild field with the pine trees, bushes, wildflowers and animals, is a
parking lot sprouting… cars.
All this change has happened in only twenty years.
The Japanese Stork
The following moving story inspired me to create the pendant and ring
that definitely bring hope and show how paying attention to the
environment is the only way we can live on planet Earth.
The story begins in 2004 in the town of Toyooka, Japan. A powerful
Typhoon caused flooding of the Maruyama River. At the same time¸ 10
year old Yuka Okada sat in a shelter with friends from her class and
came to the understanding that people are responsible for a large part
of the damage to the environment, and not just natural forces.
The way that Yuka decided to make an impact was by bringing back the
eastern Japanese stork to the city skies. The stork was common in the
past in Japan; however during the 50s and 60s due to extensive use of
chemical pesticides in the rice paddies where they fed, they quickly
disappeared from the landscape until the very last one disappeared in
1971. Students turned to the Mayor and requested that he allot them
land where they could grow chemical and poison-free rice crops in order
to bring back the eastern Japanese stork to the city skies. A few years
earlier a small breeding center was established to conserve the stork.
Due to the fact that the mayor, the student’s and residents of the town
backed the project, large expanses of fields were transitioned back to
organic gardening methods.
The students proved that clean organic agriculture does not reduce the
yields and other growers were subsequently convinced to convert their
fields into pesticide free zones. This change brought back to those
same fields biodiversity and the resurgence of insects and worms. As a
result, in 2005, the local authorities began the process of releasing
the storks back into the wild, which then started to nest in the
environs of the town.
As a result the town became a buzzing tourist attraction and the
farmer’s organic produce is marketed successfully.
story of hope proves that harmony with nature can benefit humanity
as a whole.
For Seletected Eco Designs and Forgiveness Pendant
Zodiac sign pendant series
The Aquarius Amulet
Last month we made a Aquarius Amulet .it was created on the 6th of
February between 6:37 and 7:00. The metal inside is leadn which is the
metal of Aquarius sign.
With Great Love
David Weitzman and Ka Gold Jewelry Team.