written by Hannah Jarvis
We're drawn to Erica Molinari's work not only for its beauty, but for the meaning & symbolism behind each design. Every piece is a story waiting to be told, a future heirloom, and a resting place for memories and milestones.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when building your own story:
1. Start with a strong foundation. Choose a charm that speaks to you in appearance and in meaning, as it will set the tone for your necklace. I chose this Tree of Life pendant because of its meaning and dominate shape.
2. What inspires you? For your second charm, choose something that resonates with you on a personal level. Maybe its a hallmark for a special occasion, it reminds you of someone dear in your life, or is a source of inspiration. I added this pendant because the imagery speaks to me, and the Italian inscription on the back, "L'amina e eternal," meaning "The soul is eternal," reminds me to seek beauty in every adversity. I also like that it is slightly smaller than my base charm so both are visible yet they're not competing for the spotlight.
3. Create balance. Choose something that sparks joy and adds a nice contrast in shape and material. I decided on this gold egret charm because it represents strength, patience, determination, and serves as an important daily reminder. I also wanted a gold charm for dimension and warmth, and its unique shape and smaller size adds just the right amount of balance and contrast to my collection.
4. Enjoy the process! Take your time adding to your necklace and building your story. Sometimes a charm will catch your eye, other times one may capture your heart. Go with what speaks to you most! I chose this Truth nugget because of its organic shape and meaning behind its hand carved lettering.
My charm collection tells a story of connection, beauty, strength, and truth. What story will you tell?
Have fun mixing and matching your charms depending on your mood. Sometimes I prefer to wear a charm on its own if it is really speaking to me that day, and I love having the option to wear them all together or even add on to another necklace. There are so many ways to tell your story, and I love how individual and unique each necklace story can be.
Explore Erica Molinari's work and shop her entire collection, including rings, bracelets, earrings, exquisite one-of-a kinds, and endless charms!
Images by Laura Barton
Hannah & Laura