Every item of Capture Jewelry is made by hand. When you order a Capture Jewelry piece, you will have a keepsake of a special time, a place, or a memory.
Capture Jewelry is a clear piece of glass– in the shape of either a circle, square or oval– bezel set with fine sterling silver, showcasing a special object for you.
Tell your story. Sand from the beach where he proposed; rose petals from your wedding day; a piece of clothing from a lost loved one; a lock of hair from a grandchild, earth from breaking ground on your first home; dried grass off the tee box where you got your first hole-in-one. Visit the ideas and inspiration page to see what others have captured. You can also click on an item to read the story behind each Capture piece. Capture jewelry makes a heartfelt gift for someone else or the perfect keepsake for you. Your choice is limited only by your imagination.
Chelsea’s Capture Story
Item captured: Dandelion seeds
When I asked Chelsea why she wanted to capture Dandelion seeds, this was her response:
I graduated from a graduate level therapy program almost 1 year ago. As I was nearing the beginning of my last semester in my program I began struggling. I am a planner – before this particular moment in my life I had never struggled with the questions of “what comes next” because I was always two steps ahead of the universe (so I thought). Graduation was quickly approaching and every aspect of my life was up in the air. I was single with no obligations or relationships to pull me to one particular location. I didn’t have a clear vision for what kind of work I wanted, what kind of community I wanted to be a part of, if I wanted to travel to another country or stay where I was…all I knew was the feeling of complete powerlessness. I didn’t have the answer. I didn’t have control.
Around the same time, when I wasn’t frantically attempting to figure out what to do, I noticed a pattern emerging. Everywhere I looked – I seemed to see dandelions. It was winter so there weren’t any outside – instead, the dandelions were finding their way into my dreams. I started drawing them in my art work and they seemed to be popping up on blogs online and in books or magazines. The dandelion obviously had a message for me so I decided to spend some time with it and listen to what it had to say.
I was drawn to the puffy white “wishy flowers” of childhood. They always seemed to slow time. They drift quietly, softly and without hurry. They always posses magic in their ability to make deep desires come true. Just close your eyes, take a deep breath and blow your intention into the breeze and hope the universe will receive your message and bring you what you need. The more time I spent with dandelions the more I attempted to integrate their wisdom into my outlook on life. Stop. Slow down. Take a breath. Trust the universe. Trust that things will be OK.
There’s something very beautiful about gathering your thoughts and releasing them out into the universe with hope. I also found that the plant puts down roots almost anywhere. It is almost impossible to get rid of them because they are survivors in a broad range of climates. Dandelions are the “eternal optimist” of plants, they grow and thrive and multiply anywhere. The wind carries the seeds and sets them down in a new place where they can settle and lay some roots. That’s what I saw for myself – I needed to let the wind (or the universe or a job posting or a friend’s suggestion or a location that was calling me) carry me to my next location and trust that it would be the place where I too could relax and grow into my new surroundings.
So I did just that. I wrote down all of the fears, all of the concerns and all of the negative self-talk and I locked it away in a drawer. Next I took a pen and I made a list. A list of hopes, wishes, dreams, desires…I spoke about the list to close friends and family in hopes that speaking the words out loud would help them to come true. I kept my eyes and my heart open to signs and slowly things began falling into place. I met my current partner and fell deeply in love. I was offered a full time position at an agency I care deeply about and feel very connected to. I was offered a teaching assistant position at my school where I thrive on educating others about my passion. I began feeling more alive and in tune with myself and my surroundings. I absolutely felt like many of my prayers had been answered…not because I tried so hard to make them happen but because I trusted that my path would unfold as it needed to.
It’s been a little over a year since this shift in perspective was gifted to me by the dandelion. I saved the first full, white puffy dandelion I saw that Spring and it lives on my bookshelf waiting to be preserved or wished upon. I spent the rest of the spring and summer making wish after wish for prosperity, peace of mind, patience, guidance, and hope…never for anything specific…simply for momentum and trust in this journey. I stop and make wishes whenever I see dandelions now – I particularly love to stop and capture photos and draw quick doodles. I even painted two large dandelions on my bedroom wall. They help me pay attention and practice patience and gratitude.
I would love to capture this time in my life and to capture the essence of a symbol that has brought me so much joy and love over the past year. In a ring which I can wear proudly and refer back to for a little reminder to breathe, relax, and trust.
Thanks for sharing your story Chelsea!
Today I am thankful for: Leftovers in the fridge, that means I don’t have to make dinner!!!