Anyone who knows me knows I have a “work jewelry” collection. This collection is composed of various earrings, necklaces, and rings relevant to my line of work at the nature center I work at. I have earrings made of fossils, acorns, and woven fabric, all to help me be the coolest “super cool nature school” teacher I can be. When I discovered Beth Millner Jewelry, her wildlife jewelry became a large part of my work jewelry collection.
Now, what I actually do at work is called “interpretation.” It revolves around “interpreting” nature in a fun, interactive way to a non-captive audience while connecting to them. Basically, I have to be interesting or people will slowly inch away from me to escape. Interpretation looks and feels different to everyone, but for me, I focus on connecting with people first and then connecting them with the surrounding nature.
Question for any parents of teens out there- how easy is it to connect with teenagers? In my experience, quite a bit harder than with little kiddos or grandparents. A huge way I connect with teen visitors, especially girls, is my jewelry. Everyone has their own style, but jewelry is pretty commonplace to the 13-somethings of the world. Be it chokers, mood rings, polymer clay earrings, or anything else, teenagers love a good statement piece.
My favorite example of a connection made possible by my jewelry is a sweet memory I hold near and dear to my heart. A teenage girl arrived at the nature center, a bit grumpy and grumbly because she anticipated she was in for an hour of her little brother dragging their parents around from exhibit to exhibit, leaving her in the dust to be bored and uninterested. Sensing her lack of excitement, I approached her and just said a friendly “hello.” Shortly after, she complimented my Beth Millner Jewelry butterfly necklace and we struck up a wonderful conversation about butterflies and other pollinators. When I was able to point out a pipevine swallowtail butterfly emerging from its chrysalis, and eventually sipping on some nearby nectar, she was ecstatic. Through the power of connection, I was thrilled to be able to turn her boring day into an exciting one, hunting for caterpillars and butterflies, a conversation that may not have happened without that piece of jewelry acting as a conversation starter.
Jewelry connects different ages, unites similar passions, and inspires us to seek out our surroundings. This is what I love about my jewelry collection. Such a simple thing, something one might consider a bauble, can be given the power of connection if one knows how to harness it. That being said,“with great power comes great responsibility.” May I suggest a spider inspired jewelry piece, Beth Miller Jewelry team? *wink* Super cool nature school lady over and out.
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I'm always up for mixed metals, and the detail of this flower is amazing. I have a number of rings from the twig collection and I like choosing which "season" to wear.
I wasn't especially smitten at first. (My wife was.) But seeing it on her hand in bright sunlight made a huge difference, it's beautiful. I gave it to her at dinner several days ago and she hasn't taken it off since.
I got this to give as a gift and it is perfect. Quality piece. Would definitely buy again.
I bought this as a gift for a dear friend of mine who loves puzzles, can appreciate the artwork, and who spent many years living in the UP, so a perfect gift all around.
Delivery was timely and communication with your company was excellent.
Unique looking ring and very comfortable
Had looked at this piece for a long time and finally ordered it. It has good weight and definitely good size. Love the stone and the silver work makes it even more interesting - Am very happy with the purchase.
I love this pendant with my whole heart and soul. It is breathtakingly beautiful. The waves, icicles and creative frosty background texture are the perfect setting for the lovely aquamarine and diamond. Nina created a masterpiece and I will always cherish it.
It is a beautiful set we are using as anniversary rings. They go perfectly with the wedding set we also purchased from Beth Millner.
These earrings are stunning with their copper accent and precious bears, I've gotten many compliments on them! They are also quite light weight, which is great for my sensitive ears.