By Hand From The Heart is a curated makers market event in Chennai, South India. UPCOMING EVENT: CHENNAI: AUGUST 3RD – 4TH,
Archana Avinash chose her passion over her high paying daily job in 2011. Having been raised in the Middle East & being there for quite a period of her life, Archana is very inspired by everything that is Middle Eastern. Crystal Healing happened by accident and since then life has changed for Archana. A tarot card reader & an angel therapist, Archana has always had a huge interest in metaphysics, sacred geometry, and mythology. Strings & Beads clearly illustrates Archana’s passion for crystals, silver, and all things mystical. She is also a certified crystal healer who travels far & wide to get her gemstones & supports other small artisans who are into fair trade business practices.
The one question you wished someone asked before buying healing jewelry.
There are often so many questions we wished someone asked and so many we wished they didn’t. I often recommend people to question the source of the crystal. Whether you are buying it from me or anywhere else, it is very important to know where the crystal comes from. Also, ask if they have been treated? And as simple as what are the stones that are there in your jewelry? Many mines employ less than ideal mining practices, where local towns are taken advantage of, the earth is pillaged, and local workers are put into dangerous and low paying working conditions. Stones being energetic sponges hold onto their history of homes and handling, and it’s worth wondering if the ways they are extracted from the Earth have an effect on their energy in the long run. That is why, we at Strings and Beads work with only suppliers who are approved by GIA and companies that are into ethical mining.
Any trends in jewelry making that you have incorporated.
Over the past years, we have seen an influx of charm bracelet trends hit the market place. There is a charms for every occasion – weddings, birthdays, family – the list goes on. It seems that this way of personalizing a piece of jewellery, which is not only beautiful but means something to the individual, really speaks to people. And why shouldn’t it? And as a company that believes in “Conscious Healing”, the symbols featured in our bangle bar carry their own energy and are accompanied by thoughtfully crafted and meticulously researched meanings for you to choose and carefully put together.
Your favourite project you wish to share.
The Energy Cleansing mist is something I came up recently. It is basically a mist that has some pure therapeutic grade essential oils from the best essential oil company in the world, DoTerra and some crystals that have the ability to clear negative energy around you, and your jewelry. It’s a great alternative if you can’t find “Sage Smudge Sticks” and “Palo Santo”.
Your most memorable market experience.
Every market is unique and the people I meet at each of them are so different. But I do have to say that I love being at By Hand From The Heart. It’s like a family gathering. Everyone from the regular shoppers to the vendors to the organizers- its one big happy family. By Hand is truly a Vasudhaiva Kutumbakham.
Tell us about your proposed showcase at the By Hand, From The Heart.
We do have lot of interesting products lined up for the By hand. Chennai will see the first Pop up “Bangle Bar” concept with us at the show. Lots of unique intentional bracelets and also some very mindful fun jewelry like Mantra Cuffs and Wish bracelets will be there.
We are looking to enter new markets & obviously diversify the Crystal healing range to include more unique crystals. And we will soon be starting the “ Mindful Mala Workshop”.
By Hand From The Heart: MAKERS MARKET – 20th Edition
Date: Friday – Saturday, 7th – 8th July, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m – 8:00 p.m
Venue: Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park
Address: 132, T.T.K Road, Alwarpet, Chennai – 600018, Tamil Nadu. India