In this edition of Living Jewelry, I have Sasha Alexander of Little Lone Wolf.
I came across Sasha’s Instagram last year and became totally obsessed with her crystal collection. Seriously, it’s epic. After chatting a bit with her, she agreed to answer a few jewelry questions for me – yay!
Hi Sasha, welcome! Can you introduce yourself?
My name is Sasha and I’ve lived an unconventional life. I’ve been a bit of a nomad, moving across the United States, and not living anywhere for more than a year at a time. I currently reside on the east coast in North Carolina where I live with my five dogs. I work full time as a habilitation therapist, helping children with disabilities to develop skills and live full independent lives.
How would you describe your style?
My overall style is a bit eclectic. I love to mix in a bit of everything, but anything grunge or “witchy” is my favourite. Black is a staple with accents of dark red, purple, and green. I love finding new pieces to add to my collection along with creating pieces of my own.
How does jewelry fit into that? Is it important or an afterthought?
I would say that jewelry is important to me. I connect deeply with the pieces that I own and wear.
Being able to carry a certain crystal necklace with me, say to work, can help calm my anxiety and build my confidence.
Everyday I put on a crystal point necklace when I first get up. Either an amethyst, goldstone, or clear quartz pendant. I like the idea of wearing a crystal throughout the day so I can draw on its energies when needed.
I know you work with a lot of crystals, as I mentioned, your collection is very extensive (I’m only a little jealous, really). Which crystal are you drawn to the most often?
I tend to rotate between three main pieces of jewelry throughout the week. I like to wear a special amethyst point that is wrapped with these gorgeous little silver flowers because it’s one of the first pieces of crystal jewelry I bought for myself a few years ago.
When I’m out and about I like to wear a macrame wrapped black obsidian point to ward off negative energy and I also wear a small tigers eye crystal when I go to work for abundance and to draw in prosperity.
Oh I love that! You’re building a connection with these pieces so they’ve become much more than accessories.
Yes, I love to use jewelry in my Wiccan practice as a way to connect with the energy of the pieces. I enchant, bless, and charge my jewelry along with wearing pieces during rituals and meditations.
Can you share some of your favourite rituals to work with your jewelry?
When I bring any new jewelry home, the first thing I do is place it on my altar as a way to align it to my energy.
If its energy feels stagnant, I bury it in a bowl of herbs specific to the energy I want to infuse into it, or keep it near specific crystals such as clear quartz and selenite to charge. To cleanse the energy of my jewelry I use smoke from burning incense or handmade smudge sticks.
I also bless and enchant certain pieces, mostly for protection work, by using simple incantations while burning a candle and asking for help from the Goddess, Elements, and my guides.
Does working so closely with your jewelry and building those energies and connections alter your relationship with jewelry in general?
I have an interesting relationship with jewelry. I don’t wear most of my pieces that often as I have my favorites I tend to favor – maybe because I spend more time with them. I feel especially connected to my crystal jewelry, as each piece has its own energy and characteristics which resonate with me.
I do love wearing different pieces for special occasions like dinner parties or events.
It sounds like your jewelry collection is like a group of friends. There are some you’re closer to and want to spend time with every day, the ones who know all your secrets. But you have a few that you only see occasionally and they’re still fun.
Haha, yeah I guess you could put it that way!
If your jewelry told a story, what would it say?
Now that’s a hard question to answer, but I think that my jewelry says that it has been through a lot. It’s travelled across America with me. Some pieces I’ve had since the beginning, in California where I grew up, and some I just acquired recently in North Carolina at a local metaphysical shop.
I think that speaks to the nomadic lifestyle I’ve lived and all the adventures I’ve had along the way.
So I keep noticing this large turquoise pendant you’re wearing, that piece seems special. Is there a story there?
I received this vintage turquoise pendant from my mother who got it from her mother after she passed away when I was a teenager. My grandmother bought the pendant from a Native American woman in Arizona years ago, and the piece just has a beautiful energy attached to it.
When I wear that pendant I feel connected to my grandmother and it brings me a lot of comfort and peace.
That’s something I hear over and over – that jewelry connects people to something meaningful – moments or people. No matter how many times I hear those stories, they never stop giving me goosebumps.
Because you connect to your jewelry so deeply, how do you decide which pieces to add to your collection?
I look for pieces that call to me, something that I feel drawn to, and an energy that I can connect with. I think the energy of a piece that I will be wearing is the most important thing I look for when deciding what to buy.
That’s a really great way to shop. It stops you from making impulse purchases entirely based on trends or price.
Exactly! I’d rather spend a little more on a piece that resonates with me because then I know I’ll actually wear it.
Perfect! Well thanks so much for the chat. I’m telling everyone to follow you on instagram and check out all your gorgeous crystals.
You can see and shop Sasha’s jewelry collection here.
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