For the past few months since our first collab, we've been looking for brands that offer unique products. At first, we're looking for something handmade to make it more special.
As we do our day-to-day grind, a fan of our brand sent us a message on Instagram and complimenting our work. Surprisingly, this individual owns a business and his products were amazing. So, we wanted to give a shout-out to Mikhail of Ethereal Sigil.
Ethereal Sigil is a brand that makes wire-wrapped crystals, etched sigils, and rune. The best part is they were hand-made.
After a few days talking and getting infected with his passion for gemstones, we decided to collab with him for our March product drop. Here's what you need to know so far.
An initial challenge
Jewels are probably not commonly used for streetwear. So, our initial challenge was to come up with a design that can be used casually. Something that can be worn daily in any attire and doesn't attract too much attention.
A pendant design inspired by Yin and Yang
Pieces of jewelry that involve stone are probably the hardest to design in our opinion. There are too many gemstones that you can choose, most of them have different shapes too.
So, for this collab, we've chosen a round-shaped gemstone with a size of less than an inch. The aesthetic we've chosen was inspired by Ying and Yang just to make it close to the Asian culture. Here's the prototype.
We've also chosen a wax string so you can use it anywhere even underwater.
100% natural gems are hard to get and takes a long time before they arrived here in our country. All the gems that we'll use to create this amazing pendant will be coming from the UK and India. We've picked the Bloodstone, Moonstone, and Amethyst for this collaboration.
The interesting thing about these gems aside from they are beautiful is that they are associated with healing properties. Below are what charmsoflight.com says about the gems we've picked for this project:
Amethyst is a natural tranquilizer, it relieves stress and strain, soothes irritability, balances mood swings, dispels anger, rage, fear, and anxiety. Alleviates sadness and grief, and dissolves negativity. Amethyst activates spiritual awareness, opens intuition and enhances psychic abilities.
Our reason: Amethyst is the stone for balance which complements the aesthetic we've made, Yin and Yang.
A stone for “new beginnings”, Moonstone is a stone of inner growth and strength. It soothes emotional instability and stress, and stabilizes the emotions, providing calmness. Moonstone enhances intuition, promotes inspiration, success and good fortune in love and business matters.
Our reason: Ethereal Sigil is greatly known for using Moonstone on most of its products.
Bloodstone is an excellent blood cleanser and a powerful healing stone. It heightens intuition and increases creativity. It is grounding and protecting. Bloodstone draws off negative environmental energy, helping to overcome influences such as geopathic or electromagnetic stress.
Our reason: Since we're dropping this product in March, we've chosen bloodstone which is the birthstone for that month.
A New Graphic Tee
Since this is a collaboration, it'll be incomplete without releasing a new design for tees. For this project, we've decided to draw a Priestess to amplify the concept of Healing. We are hoping, however, that the final design would have meaning beyond it for anyone who sees it.
The tee will be released in both Black and White colorways. Here's a sneak peek of our design draft.
Don't miss it
They said that unexpected friendships are the best ones, and we agree.
Senpai x Ethereal Sigil collaboration drop is set on or before March 15, 2020. Pre-orders will be open before the drop. As usual, we'll be releasing these items on limited quantities. So, once they're gone, they won't be coming back.