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With the holidays coming up, there’s a good chance some of you will be entering a house of worship (need we remind you the holidays aren’t all about getting the latest bargains at overcrowded malls and piped-in reindeer jingles?).

So in the spirit of  symbolism, we were drawn to this Circle of Antiquity medallion/amulet charm necklace by Seattle-based jewelry and accessories designer Shannon Koszyk (pronounced Koh-zik). The antiqued necklaces features a blend of elements, including a Lotus center, Circle of Antiquity, Framed Cross, Mary medal, Bronze Maltese cross, recast vintage medal and African cross, all hanging off a rosary-style chain of gray freshwater pearls.

All of Koszyk’s pieces have a rich, artifact quality, much like her rings with Latin sayings and Joan of Arc-inspired pieces. All are sterling silver with bronze. Koszyk also makes incredible antiqued candles with medallions, hardware like drawer pulls and candle sticks.

So however you celebrate the holidays, think about getting in touch with your spiritual side.  Or at least wearing some sort of amulet to protect you at those overcrowded malls!

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Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine &
As Editor-in-Chief of Accessories for the past 14 years, Lauren Parker has covered women's fashion accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. She frequently judges industry design competitions and loves seeing the next generation of designers come into their own. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including women's fashion accessories, fine jewelry, Caribbean travel, private jets, Hampton’s real estate, the New York art scene, the bridal industry, men’s lifestyle and being a mom. She loves meeting designers and seeing how their latest offerings capture the current zeitgeist and fit into the entire cultural and social picture.