Photos of Miriam by Yerucham Ben Reuven-Syma
Bat-Rachel is the name I chose to honor my beloved mother Ray (Mrs.
a talented artist and devoted mother, who passed away
in September 2002.
I took my mother's Hebrew name (Rachel), joined
it with my own (Miriam),
and then added the Hebrew term Bat, meaning
and Miriam Bat-Rachel was born.
Mom had a great
sense of color and design that she expressed in many works of art.
In addition to needlepoint, she worked with an ancient technique
called paper tole. Mom's paper sculptures of people and animals
were thoughtfully framed and sold in a local shop near my father's
shoe store, with others given lovingly to family and friends. As
Mom grew older, she stopped working with paper sculpture because
her arthritic hands could not manage the delicate maneuvers of the
tiny scissors and other materials...nor could she withstand the
fumes of the glue that would hold the sculptures together.
My father also
had an artistic eye that he expressed in beautiful photography. His photos of animals taken at the Bronx and Phoenix Zoos were
among his favorites - next to the photos he took of his children
and grandchildren. Especially for "Pop," I take all the product
photos for the Moonbeams website, as well as for all the Moonbeams
In memory of
my mother - and my dad, who passed away in September 2000 - I opened the online portal to Moonbeams, Lilacs & Roses in fall of 2003, where I first began selling my handcrafted beaded pens, pewter bookmarks accented with beads, and gold and silver plated letter openers and magnifying glasses. As my business and vision grew, so did my offerings. Moonbeams also includes a unique line of handcrafted Jewelry. Each piece designed and handcrafted by me. I use only carefully chosen, high-quality semiprecious gemstones, domestic and imported glass and ceramic beads, freshwater pearls, sterling silver, and a variety of materials from diverse worldwide sources. I hand select each component to ensure that each piece is unique and of the highest quality.
I know my mother
would have enjoyed using the bookmarks in her collection of
cookbooks. And she would have loved wearing my jewelry, especially the Amethyst necklaces - her favorite gemstone. The pens would have been my father's favorite product, proudly placed
alongside his collection of ballpoint pens - which numbered
in the hundreds!
When I started to work with beads, I never imagined it would grow into a business. But it did! My custom line of designer jewelry has been featured at the Spertus Museum of Chicago's Gift Shop. And my website, as well as my Etsy Shop grow and grow as I add new beaded products and jewelry designs.
I design each item of jewelry around the shapes and colors of the natural stones. I spend many hours arranging the stones and sterling silver beads on my worktable, moving them around until I like the way they look. When I design the silver wire accents, I spend a lot of time bending and twisting the wire, so it looks natural on the focal stone - literally as if it were part of the natural texture of the stone. I take the same care in designing the arrangements of the beads I use on the pens, letter openers and magnifying glasses, and the bookmarkers.
I love creating new designs, and take great pride in my work. Each beaded product I create is something I would like to have on my own desk. Each jewelry design is something I would feel good about buying or wearing, or giving as a gift. I spend time reading about the history of beads and the origins of each gemstone, so I can describe it accurately online, as well as showing the photographs.
I've been asked many times, why I chose the name Moonbeams, Lilacs & Roses. The company name is also derived from personal experience. "Moonbeams" is from Rosh Hodesh, a Hebrew symbol of renewal, celebrated at each new moon. It is a powerful opportunity to consider our lives, our commitments, and our goals. "Lilacs" were my mother's birth flower and treasured scent, and "Roses" were a favorite flower - and one of the first flowering bushes she and my father planted in front of their home, where they lived for more than 50 years.
Moonbeams, Lilacs & Roses is a gift from my parents that I cherish each day. Every item I create is my way of sharing that gift with my friends, family and customers.
Learn how Marion became Miriam and then marketed two completely different businesses successfully!
An interview with Marion & Miriam on Biz Women Rock...
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Many people are surprised when the marketing consultant and writer they hired – or "Book Author" they meet—also designs jewelry!
Actually, there is a great similarity between creating a press release, ghostwriting an article or editorial, or crafting a tactical marketing plan—and designing a piece of jewelry.
Words or gemstones ~ Both need to be carefully considered in order to meet the needs of the client and the target audience.
As my jewelry-designing persona, “Miriam Bat-Rachel,” I design each item of jewelry around the shapes and colors of the natural stones—
Choosing and then arranging the stones and sterling silver beads on my worktable, moving them around until I like the way they look.
When designing the silver or bronze wire accents, I bend and twist the wire, so it looks natural on the focal stone—literally as if it were part of the natural texture of the stone.
Words and gemstones ~ Working with either takes great precision. They both light up my creative spirit!
To learn more about Marion as a writer and book author, visit www.mariongold.com
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