I started something new yesterday; a 30-day blogging challenge to also coincide with a 30 day Miracle Morning challenge where I wake up and practice SAVERS:
I only started yesterday and I've been going strong until today!
Those first 24 hours though:
Yesterday I published my first blog post; Average Ring Size By Weight and Height, which besides from taking me an incredible amount of hours to write (apparently 30 days of this and I'll be on fire!) talks about 5 easy ways to know someone's ring size without them knowing.
(Spoiler alert: Going by averages based on size and weight probably isn't your best bet!)
Now tonight, I've left this baby to the last minute so I've given myself 36 more minutes to bang out a blog post... so what better content could I possibly give than something from the personal files?!
(EDIT: This took wayyyy longer than 36 minutes and ended up spanning over 3 days. But I think it still counts as a win!?)
Now, don't worry- the Ultimate Guide To Turquoise is on its way- it might take me 8 days to write but it's coming, I swear!
Today though, I want to talk to you about a certain combination of 3 words which you may have gotten used to around here:
Turquoise Over Diamonds
Now, you've probably never reeeaaally wondered about our name or gave it too much thought before now, I mean, its fairly self-explanatory (WE'RE TURQUOISE OBSESSED - F*&% THEM DIAMONDS!!) BUT for the sake of my blogging mission AND because there's actually something pretty cool behind it that you might enjoy (and Id love to finally share) I'm going to let you guys in on the inspo behind the word choice and the deeper meaning of it all.
First, let's touch on the numbers behind the name.
- 5906: The number of posts we've so far dedicated to turquoise makers + lovers around the globe on our Instagram.
- 99,700: Our awesome (and organically grown) community on Instagram.
- 209,000: generated pics using the hashtag #turquoiseoverdiamonds that now makes it the 3rd largest turquoise hashtag on Instagram for Turquoise (ranking under #turquoise (4.8m) and #turquoisejewelry (318k).
- 324: The amount of awesome handcrafted Turquoise Over Diamonds marketplace items you can pick up on the:
-1 site dedicated to it all!
It seriously still blows my mind that things exploded like they did and that there's such a huge, extended network of people who strongly resonate with this stone that somehow found their way to us. I think its incredible!!
The Inspiration Behind The Name
The inspiration behind Turquoise Over Diamonds, beyond the stone itself (which will be a whole other blog post to talk about how this stone has influenced my life and how I came to love it so much) was a song called Video by India Arie released in 2001 that somehow manages to creep its way back into my head even now, nearly 2 decades after.
For those who aren't familiar with it, it starts with a really catchy solo guitar intro, and then the girl-power-self-lovin' lyrics begin with...
Sometimes I shave my legs and sometimes I don't
Sometimes I comb my hair and sometimes I won't
Depend on how the wind blows I might even paint my toes
It really just depends on whatever feels good in my soul
(Ofcourse I love her!) and later says:
Keep your crystal and your pistol
I'd rather have a pretty piece of crystal
Inspired by the words and sentiments of 'Crystal over Crystal', 'Turquoise over Diamonds' became the literal and deeper reference to the same expression.
Now, literally, give me them Turquoise over Diamonds any damn day!
(unless I can sell them and buy even more turquoise. In that case, Raaaaaiinnnn them diamonds on me!)
MAKE IT RAIN! via GIPHY
BUT ultimately, it's a statement:
Unique, Real, Raw- over a carbon copy (get it, get it- carbon!)
Its a declaration for the counter-culture! A big 'stuff you' to social norms and constructs that take us away from whats truly valuable in this world.
Though both Turquoise and Diamonds come from the Earth, Turquoise, in this sense, represents a more natural, more authentic - individualized way of life. Or perhaps better said; a higher value placed on an authentic life.
Diamonds portray the mainstream concepts and prevailing social norms of taught value, and status; the sparkly things we're sold in the glossy magazines that society dangles before our eyes and teaches us to be of the most value.
Now it should be known that this is coming from someone who's closest experience to owning diamonds was some fake diamontees embedded into a gold Dollar Bill sign that I wore as a necklace as a teenager.
And when I say a dollar sign, I mean a dollar sign as big as my palm!
And when I saw a necklace that I 'had', what I mean is a necklace
THAT I WORE
- IN PUBLIC!!
NO DRESS UP PARTY IN SIGHT!!
(Shout out to my Nan for choosing to forever capture this teenage confusion in one of the only two photo's she has of me in her house. That, and of course the staged loungeroom shot my Dad directed my sister and I into, complete with gelled cropped hair, Catholic Cross around my neck and with lips lined in brown pencil- with NOTHING but clear lipgloss on the rest.)
(yep, it was a thing!)
No doubt my own experience makes the analogy very strong for me!
Rather than gold chains and diamond emblazed dollar signs, I want the good life. The simple life.
Closer to the heart, further from the distractions... however, they may come.
It's about celebrating the uniqueness and the perfection in every individual expression of its beauty and not just mimicking the trends and buying into the glitter and the glamour. It's about appreciating the simpler things in life and appreciating them in their many, many shades of green ;)
Diamonds are not only one of the most expensive minerals in the world, theyre also the hardest, a 10 (out of 10) on the Moh's scale of hardness, whereas Turquoise sits at around the halfway mark at 5-6.
Authenticity means a certain level of Vulnerability and that requires both great strength and great softness. Somewhere around the 5-6 mark Id say?
To say it better than I possibly could, there's a beautiful poem I love by Rachel C Lewis called
'Tell the people you love that you love them':
and it goes like this:
''I love being horribly straightforward.
I love sending reckless text messages (because how reckless can a form of digitized communication be?) and telling people I love them and telling people they are absolutely magical humans and I cannot believe they actually exist.
I love saying 'Kiss me harder' and 'You're a good person' and 'You brighten my day'. I live my life as straight-forward as possible.
Because one day I might get hit by a bus.
Maybe it's weird. Maybe it's scary. Maybe it seems downright impossible to just be- to just let people know you want them, need them, feel like, in this very moment, you will die if you do not see them, hold them, touch them in some way whether it's your feet on their thigh on the couch or your tongue in their mouth or your heart in their hands.
But there is nothing more beautiful than being desperate.
And there is nothing riskier than pretending not to care.
We are young and we are human and we are beautiful and we are not as in control as we think we are. We never know who needs us back. We never know the magic that can arise between ourselves and other humans.
We never know when the bus is coming''
I love this poem.
And I aspire to live as openly.
THIS is what I mean when I say:
Turquoise Over Diamonds -
Every Damn Day!!