The Overlooked

By Janet Edkins

Bead weaving jewelry artist channelling the healing power of Gaia's crystal & stone gifts.
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August 15, 2021

The ankle is THE most overlooked body part for jewelry IMHO. I know there are plenty of anklets (ankle bracelets, ankle chains, etc.) for sale but you have to search for them. They are not readily “served up” to you for purchase in the way necklaces, bracelets, or earrings tend to be. I couldn’t find any numbers to support my theory so this is just my view on the world but I do think ankle jewelry is definitely being overlooked. However, I may now have an inkling as to why this is so.

I was recently posed a challenge by an energy practitioner wanting help with grounding without the solution getting in the way of their hands-on practice. An ankle piece seemed like the ideal approach. I enjoyed the custom aspect of researching the right stones for their needs, and learned quite a bit from the fitting. Getting the length & clasp workable was a process. And this is why, I believe, there are less of these out there than one might expect.

Sizing/fitting is a critical aspect of ankle jewelry, and this may impel these into the “Custom Work” category of what I do in service to the energy healers of my circle, and hopefully beyond. Sizing of bracelets can be “a bit of a crapshoot,” anklet sizing takes this premise to a whole new level. Adding these as ad hoc items to my expanding inventory may prove challenging.

Anklets are most definitely not new or ‘new age’, they have been around for millennia. The history of ankle jewelry goes back at least as far as predynastic Egypt, through Europe, & South Asia. It is and was a way to wear stones and valuable chains comfortably, stylishly, prettily, and frankly, out of the way.

I am indeed enjoying this new “out of the way” aspect for myself. I wanted to have a consistent way to have some assistance for my memory and weight concerns. I wanted to wear it all the time and I did not want another bracelet. Anyone who knows me knows just how many I already wear on a regular basis! Et Voila. Images are me sporting my new anklet: Agate, Amethyst, Apatite, Azurite, Hematite, Howlite, Iolite, Opal(Peruvian), Tourmaline (Green). And wonderfully, another learning curve.

I added a magnet clasp to make an easy on/off at bathing and bed times. Great. I also made it, depending on opinion, either just a bit too large or just a bit too small. Either way, where the anklet sat and the pressure of my ankle flexing allowed it to pop off one night whilst out walking! I was very fortunate it was found next day (thank you Chris for the search) and so I added a little contrivance of my own. It’s not a new idea to add a safety chain but I thought mine was rather genius if I do say so. Silver links and a twisted silver head pin through an Amethyst to add a little hook and a bit of movement. Very fiddly. Would not recommend to clients as it stands but, I love it. I would even go so far as to say I feel pretty when I see it flashing on my ankle when I walk.

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