A Past. A Present.
by Jamie Latta
The need to accessorize is very real to us feel fabulous, right? And Oshiro’s transition for her art. “Both my jewelry
most girls. But it turns out there’s magic jewelry does just that and more. and tarot draw from the same force – the
in the adornments you love so dearly. Take, for instance, the necklace I like to energy from which everything is made,”
It’s not just about feeling gorgeous any- call “My New Blue Obsession”: I knew explains Oshiro. Wielded by her passion
more ladies; it’s about connecting with I had to have it the moment we met. It’s for the tarot, this line of hand-drawn sil-
your deepest passions, your secret de- a labradorite wrapped in smooth twisted ver tarots is much like wearing exquisite,
sires and channeling your inner strength. silver from her “Whimsical” collection. mystic dog tags. Looking for guidance?
Jewelry shopping just got a whole lot I saw it from across a crowded room and Try the Star card. Searching for creativ-
more meaningful. Thank God! thought, “Hello, Lover.” Oshiro know- ity? The 3 of Pentacles will do. Need in-
When I first discovered Oshiro Designs, ingly laughs as I reminisce over my first spiration for making those millions? Try
I chalked up my immediate love and encounter. To her, a divine priestess of sporting the Ace of Pentacles. Pair one
addict-like obsession with the jewelry the “bling-bling,” this is just the way the or many of her designs with a power-
to the usual hypnotic trance caused by Universe works. She explains that lab- stone and you’ve got yourself a fashion
all things that sparkle and shine. After radorite is a “wizard” stone. Oscillating fortune! My personal favorite in this line
tripling, let’s be honest – quadrupling, between luminescent blue and green, this is the bracelet made from multiple tarots.
my jewelry collection, I began not only
to question my own sanity, but what the
pieces were really made of. I sat down
with Janet Oshiro, founder of Oshiro
Designs, and began asking questions.
If I was in fact becoming a junky, I
deserved a few answers. What I learned
was not only the most satisfactory excuse
a shopoholic will ever find, but a solid
reason to love the bling even more. Pieces from Oshiro’s Designer at work in her Pieces from Oshiro’s “Whimsical” collection,
Oshiro innocently began her career “Amulet” collection. studio. available at Craft and Folk Art Museum Shop.
when she became intrigued with Celtic
torques: thick, braided metal bracelets stone allows you to see through illusions The Kabala bracelet pales in comparison.
worn as a sign of status and power and and determine the actual form of your Allowing one to easily pull off chic and
often thought to be helpful in channel- dreams and goals and is used in strength- meaningful as well as express inner
ing the energy of deities. Since that first ening intuition. Silver is often associated spirituality without the pain and perma-
encounter with her now beloved torch, with the moon and feminine energy and nence of a tattoo. Unlike a tattoo, these
Janet has been stirred by metals and is thought to help one connect with their will still look good on you when you’re
stones and their uses in the natural world. dream-self. Oshiro’s designs take on the seventy! Plus, you won’t have to explain
“Originally, jewelry was often used as an energy of the stone and metal combined. the tramp-stamp to your grandkids.
amulet drawing from the stone’s natural The piece then chooses its owner in or- Oshiro’s jewelry really does embody
energy,” says Oshiro. It was this chan- der help them channel energy needed to the very essence of beauty, magic and
neling of energy which inspired her to evolve - giving credibility to the popular fun. Her work is currently available
morph a passionate hobby into a spar- phrase “I NEED IT.” Had she said all at the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art
kling career. that before I pulled out the Visa, she Museum, at 5814 Wilshire Blvd. in the
Oshiro’s belief in a stone’s energy and could have doubled her price! gift shop and at the Melrose Farmer’s
the conductive powers of metal inspires Oshiro’s new line is inspired by her Market on the third Sunday of every
her to create pieces intended to go be- family history. Janet comes from a long month. You can also log on to www.
yond making you feel pretty. For Oshiro, line of tarot card readers (it’s California, oshirodesigns.com to browse her full col-
beauty is “stone-deep.” She views jew- of course she does.). Much like Italians lection. Whether you’re looking into the
elry as more than just an adornment but pass down a knack for drama and a good past, present or wanting a glimpse into
rather a tool for helping people evolve. marinara, her ancestors passed down the future, Oshiro Designs has the right
But let’s face it – it still needs to make the tradition of the tarot. It was a natural “present” for you.
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