Jewelry Designed by Kaelin Cordis
My goal is to inspire women to create deeper connections, and discover the inherent beauty in their own life’s struggles.-Artist Kaelin Cordis
All women struggle, fail, and succeed. Each life holds the flow of memory, the triumph of strength, and the depth of loss and fear. For every person, these experiences are fresh and new, and can make one feel alone, and set apart. But we can take strength in connections made, struggles shared, and the experiences we seek. I celebrate that strength.
I design my jewelry as an exploration of those shared experiences, and the connections we make with the world around us. My work uses forged precious metals to illustrate the flow of emotion and thoughtfulness in our lives, and the meaningful interactions we seek. By creating forms that flow and embrace angular gemstones, my goal is to inspire women to create deeper connections, and discover the inherent beauty in their own life’s struggles.
Proverbs 31:10-31 is a passage that describes the “Woman who Fears the Lord”, which showcases the perfect woman in God’s eyes. It is not meant to be intimidating, or discouraging- or even to refer to one single day! This is actually a celebration of all the roles and privileges of being a woman, and all that she is for her whole life. It’s an encouraging list of the characteristics about women that God values. It’s a passage I reflect on daily, and is the source of my personal inspiration as an artist.
Growing up, I admired the strong, capable women around me who embodied those characteristics. I did my best to follow the examples set, and pursue my dreams. I discovered my love for forging metal in high school, and studied everything about metal that I could lay my hands on. Forging steel and copper made me feel strong and capable. But I discovered I was in a world that seemed to have forgotten how to value the strengths of character I had admired as a girl.
By the time I married and had children of my own, I realized few women truly enjoy who they are. Almost no one values the emotional connections we make with one another, or celebrate life.
Through this realization, I found my purpose as an artist. My goal is to help other women know that they are loved and valued for who they are. We don’t have to apologize for, or be ashamed of, being a woman.
Each piece I create celebrates an innate aspect of womanhood that is deeply important on an emotional and spiritual level. We are the driers of tears, the comforters of nightmares, and the helpmeets. We are the cradle where God creates life, and the caretakers of all of His children. My artwork celebrates these aspects, and many more, with joy.
In my work I use hand forged Argentium silver, along with fairmined and recycled golds to accent and frame responsibly sourced designer Cabochons and gemstones. This is extremely important to me, because it is my firmly held belief our responsibility as humans is to leave the world better than we found it.
I now live in Rogers, Arkansas with my husband, and our three children.