Palmer of Mt. Shasta was inspired to design Queen of Shiva Jewelry
during her years of beach combing while living in South East Asia.
She moved there when she was 23 years old prompted by her desire
to travel, her love of the ocean and its elements, and the culture
of South East Asia. In addition to the shells Sophia collected,
she found "operculum" of all sizes. The operculum, or
gateway to the shell of certain mollusks, is thought by many people
in the world to ward off evil spirits and to protect the wearer.
On one side of the shell is a multi-colored, almost feathery design
that is called the "Shiva's eye". On the other side
of the operculum is a beautiful spiral of varying hues.
by the inherent beauty of the operculum, Sophia started to fashion
simple jewelry incorporating the shell into her designs. At first
her jewelry was made of the unpolished shells. After time, she
began polishing the operculum and designed a line of elegant jewelry
that maintains the beauty and integrity of the shells. Her distinctive
collection of operculum and Shiva eye jewelry is handcrafted in
fine sterling silver by an expert artisan.
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