In 2020, we worked together with Dialogue on Race Louisiana to find a symbol that might in some way capture the essence of DORLA and share a bit of the story of the good work they do in our community. After zoom meetings, phone conversations, research, and feedback, we landed on the cicada.
We launched the Cicada Pendant in 2020 and are offering a limited run of 50 bronze Cicada Cuffs.
For thousands of years, the cicada has been a symbol of change, renewal, rebirth, metamorphosis, and transformation. In lieu of one major metamorphosis, the cicada's 17-year life is marked by multiple molts (or shedding of old layers.) On its 5th molting, it finally leaves the ground and emerges into the light.
From there, the cicada uses its large eyes to seek full awareness of its surroundings. Through powerful song and strong communication, cicadas show us what it means to use your voice in a community and how you are infinitely more effective in a unified pursuit.
The cicada speaks directly to the change, renewal, rebirth, metamorphosis, and transformation that happens when people are able to communicate the way they do through the DORLA courses.
It speaks to this change not being a one-time event, but a process of something more like molts that happen throughout a lifetime. It speaks to eyes wide open seeking awareness of our surroundings and how they work. And, finally, it speaks to what it means to have a powerful voice and strong communication skills that can be used in our communities, ultimately making us more effective in a unified pursuit.
"Dialogue on Race Louisiana is dedicated to the elimination of institutional racism through education, action, and transformation. Its core program, the Dialogue on Race Series, is a local community-led educational entity providing enlightened understanding of racism in a non-threatening, respectful environment. The DORLA vision is to have a community where everyone knows that all institutional opportunities and access are fully available to them regardless of their color." - DORLA
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Made by hand in our south Louisiana studio.
Each piece varies slightly due to its handmade nature.
MIMOSA bracelets are slightly adjustable. The first time you put your new bracelet on, adjust it one time to a size that slips on and off comfortably.
Our jewelry is solid cast metal, so repeated adjusting can cause it to break!
*Note: Sterling Silver and 14k Gold prices may vary due to fluctuation in the gold and silver markets.