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FROM BATTLE TO BRACELETS

The effects on the Canadian Armed Forces members who spent time in Afghanistan has been well documented.  We owe a great deal to our brave friends, daughters and sons, mothers and fathers that spent time representing Canada under such severe circumstances.  Many still struggle with their combat experiences, and many try to come full circle by embracing their experiences and using them to grow.

Kelsi Sheren is one vet who has worked to overcome these effects and is now using her skills to help others still in need.  Kelsi served on the front lines in Afghanistan in 2009 and was diagnosed with severe PTSD, returning home to Canada in 2011.  Her counselors recommended that her treatment include art therapy, a system that uses artistic outputs to help release the feelings held inside. Kelsi’s favourite outlet became jewellery making, and soon an idea was born.

Kelsi developed a line of jewellery which led to the creation of a company in 2014. This has not only helped her healing process, but also allowed her to support other veterans who continue to face incredibly difficult and painful life struggles.

Using brass reproduction bullet shell casings as a wearable symbol of strength, her jewellery creates a positive symbol.  The company BRASS & UNITY donates a portion of their proceeds to veteran assistance organizations both in Canada and around the world. The word BRASS in BRASS & UNITY is an acronym for ‘Bravery Retired Assistant Soldier Support’ and in unifying the public with the military and the veterans.

Donations in Canada support many veterans and their families through these and other organizations including Honour Home B.C.  Light on PTSD Vets Canada and Wounded Warriors Canada

Each piece comes with a Veteran Crisis Online Hotline information card as well as an info card regarding the support for struggling veterans.

“BRASS & UNITY IS MORE THAN A NAME. IT’S THE VERY DEFINITION OF WHAT WE DO – UP CYCLE BRASS IN AN EFFORT TO CREATE UNITY FOR STRUGGLING VETERANS”

Here at The Shop For All Reasons we carry their handcrafted rope and Warrior bracelets, as well as their sunglasses. Pieces are designed for both men and women. Each Warrior bracelet contains semi precious stones such as black onyx, hematite, sodalite, rhyolite, banded agate, black lava rock, amethyst and rose quartz.  Bracelets also contain a forged reproduction of a brass shell casing that has been melted to the exact specs of a previously fired casing that is laser etched with their logo.  Rope bracelets are adjustable in size, while the Warrior bracelets come in small, medium and sometimes large.

The stylish sunglasses, made for men and women as well, have an 18kt gold plated reproduction casing in each temple. They are scratch resilient and have a polycarbonate frame which makes them extremely light weight. They are made with a category 3 lens that provides extra protection from both visible and UV light, typically blocking 80% or more of the light.  The sunglasses are ‘one size fits most’.

“BRASS & UNITY – INSPIRED BY IMPOSSIBLE SITUATIONS. CREATED TO ENRICH THE LIVES OF VETERAND. WORN TO SHOW LOVE & SUPPORT”

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Julie Bessette Jewellery

Julie Bessette is a Montreal jewellery artist we discovered late last year. What caught our attention was her hand made and distinctive designs that are earthy and powerful.
After pursuing a career as an artist and fashion designer in Montreal, Julie and her family spent two years in Thailand, India, Tibet and Bali. She was inspired by the regional artisans and their use of natural materials in the form of beads, stones and crystals. Each piece of her own jewellery has been influenced by these experiences as well as her own creative abilities. The crystals and stones that she uses “represent an ancient wisdom and knowledge that connects to the strength and beauty of each woman and are designed to trigger harmony and well being”.
The ancient Egyptians and Sumerians, used lapis lazuli, emeralds, clear quartz and turquoise. These beads, stones and crystals were used as talisman (a magical figure charged with the force its suppose to represent).

Agate is one of the oldest healing stones that are meant to bring protection, courage, emotional strength and self confidence.

Amazonite is the support stone and is meant to support communication of one’s own thoughts.

Lucy bracelet incorporates pyrite, Indian silver, brass beads and brass chain. Wided earrings with hematite arrows and Indian silver.

Julie uses a variety of materials, each with its own unique characteristics.  Here are some examples of additional semi precious stones she uses.  Amethyst is meant to promote calm, balance, peace and happiness, Amber is meant to be the love crystal and a symbol of beauty, tenderness and attraction. African Turquoise is meant to bring encouragement and growth, balance and prosperity.

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Anne-Marie Chagnon Trunk Sale

Anne-Marie Chagnon Trunk Show Saturday May 7th

We will be featuring the newest collection from Anne-Marie Chagnon. There will be an extended selection of necklaces, bracelets and earrings as well as a collection of rings from earlier releases. Join us and Sandra Ferrier, the local representative, on Saturday May 7th. You will receive a gift with every Chagnon purchase, as well enter your name for a draw to win one of Anne-Maries pieces.