A symbol of wisdom

Ryhorchuk’s Tree of Life jewelry is for sale at The Gallery @ Qualicum Art Supply in Qualicum Beach. - Lissa Alexander Photo
Ryhorchuk’s Tree of Life jewelry is for sale at The Gallery @ Qualicum Art Supply in Qualicum Beach.
— image credit: Lissa Alexander Photo

For most of her life Mary Ryhorchuk was never crazy about wearing jewelry, but that changed a few years ago.

“I have never been a real jewelry person and then three years ago I went jewelry crazy,” said the jewelry designer from Qualicum Beach.  “I have no idea why, I just started getting into it.”

Ryhorchuk’s Tree of Life jewelry is for sale at The Gallery @ Qualicum Art Supply.

Ryhorchuk has always liked playing with her creative side.

As a 12-year-old she loved doing people’s hair and did her mother’s hair regularly.

After friends and psychics convinced her to tap back into her creative side, she decided she’d try her hand at making jewelry.

Ryhorchuk has always like Tree of Life motifs, which alludes to the interconnection of all life on the planet.

It is also a universal symbol found in many spiritual and mythological traditions around the world and symbolizes many things, including wisdom, protection, strength, bounty, beauty, and redemption.

“I like the whole idea about it,” said Ryhorchuk.

To make her necklaces, Ryhorchuk uses copper, silver or leather for the chain and twists cooper wire inside a circle to create an alluring tree.  She then adds mother-of-pearl to create a moon, or copper or silver, and in some designs she works in a black or red lava rock.

Ryhorchuk also makes stunning earrings of similar design and does custom pieces.

The Gallery @ Qualicum Art Supply is located at 206 W 1st Ave in Qualicum Beach and Ryhorchuk’s jewelry is also found at Amy Newsom Designs in Hilliers.


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