:: Textured Silver and Turquoise Cuff ::

Textured Sterling and Turquoise Cuff Bracelet + Desert Landscape Textures + Wabi Sabi + Small Cuff

The deep texture of canyon country sandstone was my touchstone for this primitive silver cuff adorned with a single turquoise

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Here's that cuff I promised you.  Its larger sister is still waiting for me to go into town to get the fracture repair compound so I can (hopefully) fix the cracked stone.  Then we will see!  

:: New and Ancient ::

Primitive Pyrite Ammonite Ring + Fossil + OOAK + Earthy Sterling Silver and Brass + Adjustable Size 7.5 to 9 + Large Ring

An amazing section of pyritized ammonite has been cut to reveal inner chambers sparkling with drusy crystals.  Set into a primitive silver ring, this is a truly unforgettable piece

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Fossil Ammonite Necklace + Ancient Shell and Stone + Handmade Bronze Discs + OOAK + Desert Earth

A delicately-chambered fossil ammonite graces a strand studded with many ancient desert-hued beads.

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There's a theme going today with these new ammonite talismans!  Over in my Etsy shop, I've also listed a meteorite ring...check it out!  More metal work to come...

:: Quartz in the Sun ::

Primitive Quartz Pendant Necklace + Handmade Bronze and Brass + Rutilated Quartz and Himalayan Quartz Crystals

Sparkling quartz shot through with desert sunlight...a warm-hearted necklace to celebrate the return of warmer days

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I was a little under the weather yesterday so this is a day late...another necklace is on the way, this one with an ammonite pendant, and then this week I think it's time to get the metalworking gear out and set some stones!

:: New Malas and Spirit Beads ::

RESERVED +Pearl Mala Necklace With Removable Bronze Pendant + Convertible + Nontraditional + Boulder Opal + Ancient Shell Beads

A most unusual 108 bead mala made with hundreds of pearls, with boulder opal and ancient beads.  Fully convertible, it can be doubled or worn without the pendant.

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Today I have this unusual mala here, and another more traditional one just listed in my Etsy shop.  A new set of Spirit Beads is going to appear there next...enjoy!

:: Finding A Quiet Place ::

RESERVED + Quiet Space Spirit Beads + Desert Earth + Primitive + Prayer Beads + Meditation, Contemplation, Present Moment, Silence

A smaller, lighter strand of Spirit Beads that is designed for wearing...desert earth abstractions and textures to quiet the mind and soothe the soul

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My favorite style of Spirit Beads, this set is a sister to my own personal strand.

:: Solar Tribe ::

Solar Tribe Spirit Beads + Prayer Beads + Meditation + Contemplation + Present Moment + Earth Spirituality

A luminous set of prayer beads, suffused with golden light

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These are just beautiful, and it is so important to stay centered nowadays.  Prayer beads are a great way to do that and to remember the spiritual in daily life.  Even if you don't go for a large set like this, a small set or talisman can be a great support.  Over 10 years ago I came upon a small book called "A String and A Prayer" by Eleanor Wiley and Maggie Oman Shannon.  It was about prayer beads that weren't attached to any religious tradition, called contemporary prayer beads.  You chose what they represented yourself, and the book detailed several ways to make them.  I was enthralled...I loved all religious prayer beads but had always wanted something of my "own", to reflect the spirit in the landscape and beyond.  I started making them and as you can see I still do today.  I encourage everyone to find a copy of this book and try making your own!  These beads are such good medicine.

:: Back from the Outlands ::

Desert Primitive Fossil Ivory Talisman Necklace + Handmade Fine Silver Yucca Pod Impression + Desert Colors Beaded Strand

Rich brown fragments of fossil ivory are suspended with a silver yucca pod amulet on a graduated strand of fine seed beads

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I've returned from a wonderful but grueling, trip and am slowly returning to work...here's the fossil ivory talisman pendant as promised.  I'm going to start working on the Spirit Beads listing next, and will likely list them tomorrow.  Also in the works is a short recap of my recent adventures...stay tuned.

:: Utah Juniper Sterling Cuff ::

Cedar Mesa Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet + Adjustable + Unisex + Weathered Juniper Wood + High Desert + OOAK + Handmade + Primitive +

Distressed and wild like windswept Cedar Mesa...a solid sterling cuff made from the beautiful texture of weathered juniper...true desert essence

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I got this beautiful silver cuff listed for you today!  Two new pairs of earrings are over in my Etsy shop, with a third to appear here tomorrow...

:: Grace in the Desert ::

Desert Primitive Talisman Necklace + Cobra Jasper + Handmade Silver and Bronze Elements + Fossil Ivory + Hand Plied Linen Cord + Ancient Beads

A soft and elegant talisman for a desert walk...elements in light earth tones dance on a strand of natural linen

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Just listed this beauty yesterday...for desert dreaming.  And the sun is just coming out this morning!  That means I'll be able to get outside and photograph the new pieces in a little while.  Look for them later today... 

:: A Primitive Fused Fine Silver Bracelet ::

Desert Primitive Fine Silver Charm Bracelet + Fossils + Handmade Bronze Elements + Extra Large Size

A new addition to my ongoing series of primitive charm bracelets with massive links, hammered on desert rock

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Haven't done one of these in a while...I forgot how much work they are!!  Apologies for the red-shift in the photos; I shot in late afternoon light instead of my usual midday reflected sunlight because a storm is coming in and I didn't want to wait until next week to list this.  Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

:: The Antique and the Ancient: From Tibet to Chaco ::

Antique Iron Tibetan Key + Keshi Pearls and Brass Beads Necklace +

A remarkable antique key from old Tibet makes for a powerful pendant when combined with wabi sabi keshi pearls, brass, iron and silver.

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RESERVED + Chaco Canyon Fine Silver Pendant + Stacked Primitive Elements + Desert + Handmade Sterling Silver Chain

A long silver pendant made onsite at the famous T-doorway at Pueblo Bonito...ancient, antique and new elements...a handmade chain...pure Desert Primitive.

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The latest treasures!

:: A Stunning and Powerful Maya Antique ::

Antique Quiche Maya Bone Pendant + Desert Primitive Luxe Necklace + Handmade Fossil Beads + Pearls + Antique Steel Cut Beads

A truly stunning antique corn husking tool graces a strand of pearls and metal beads on silk.  

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This one is amazing.  And it's the largest one I've seen.  It makes a potent symbol of women's power.  

:: Primitiva ::

Primitive Fossil Talisman Necklace + Raw Baltic Amber + Fossil Ivory + Fine Silver, Ancient Beads and Glass + Yellow Sapphire, Jasper, Agate

Warm earth mingles with fine silver and ancient beads...a rich blend of primitive elements to warm heart and soul

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The latest addition to the Desert Primitive tribe!  And don't forget...you can now check out with PayPal!

:: One More for 2016 + PayPal Now Activated ::

Here's one more piece for the transitioning year...pure handmade Desert Primitive goodness.  

Also, you can now make your purchases using PayPal in this shop!  Hopefully Squarespace will also soon allow direct checkout as Etsy does.  Should that ever become available, I will let you know.  Happy New Year!

:: New Year, New Life ::

Desert Primitive Cuff Bracelet + Cobra Jasper + Heat Textured Sterling Silver

A bold and primitive sterling cuff bracelet with a marvelous and unique jasper cabochon.

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I wish you all a very happy and light-filled New Year!  Here is a cuff bracelet with a rebirthing theme to start the journey.  More silverwork and primitive pieces are coming...