Down To Earth Spirit Beads + Prayer and Meditation Beads + Ceremony + Calming and Centering, Staying Grounded and Present

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Down To Earth Spirit Beads + Prayer and Meditation Beads + Ceremony + Calming and Centering, Staying Grounded and Present

445.00

A dark, earthy and deeply primal set of Spirit Beads, for staying grounded and centered in uncertain times.

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:: Back To Earth :: Spirit Beads ::

+++ Contains Fossil Walrus Ivory: For US Domestic Sale Only +++

Here is a strand of Spirit Beads in the style that is nearest and dearest to my heart: earthy, grounded and primal.  This one is full of fossils and stones and curious artifacts, antique, ancient and new.  The colors and textures draw you into a quiet center space, while the ancient elements bring a deep perspective to the moment.   You are reminded of the long journey we have taken on this Earth to arrive here, now.

About Spirit Beads:

I have been making Spirit Beads for over a decade now, and they remain one of my favorite things to do. These long hand-held strands are created for prayer, meditation, ceremony, and present-moment mindfulness practice. You're invited to enter into a living relationship with them, one which will become richer and deeper over time. They're made to give you something physical to touch and hold as a reminder of the presence of Spirit in daily life...everywhere, and in everything. I tend to use mine for centering, to calm me and still my mind.  As I hold them and look at them they bring me right into the present moment.  What I love about Spirit Beads is that you are free to create your own way of using them, any way you choose. This open-ended "shawl" style was originally created by contemporary prayer bead artisan Eleanor Wiley, who traveled the world teaching others how to make and use their own prayer beads. I will include an information sheet with this set that will give you some suggestions as to how to use them.

These Spirit Beads can work as a large ceremonial necklace, and as a hand-held strand of prayer beads. You can wear them in an open-ended fashion, as shown on the photo of the mannequin.  They also look lovely kept on your home altar, coffee table, nightstand or even hung on the wall...anyplace where they will invite you to pick them up, and easily come to hand. I have several sets of Spirit Beads and keep them on my mannequin, hung on walls, or on the furniture so I can always see them. They help bless and energize my workspace and home.

The Amulets:

A very long amulet of antique bone comes from Ethiopia.  I have seen these variously described as women's amulets from fishing tribes and as healing and protective amulets.  This is a larger one, with many "eyes" both front and back, but it has a more subtle coloration than most and seems very old.  With it I have placed a fine silver labyrinth amulet that I made myself.  This seven-circuit pattern is found all over the world, including here in Ancestral sites of the Southwest.  Large labyrinths can be walked as a form of prayer and meditation; I have built one in back of our house.  If you wish, you can even trace this small one with a toothpick as a meditation in itself.  On the other side of the bone amulet is a beautiful New Mexico chalcedony point, flint knapped by my friend Matt Lewis.  This type of prehistoric point was found near Socorro, New Mexico.  These three amulets hang from an ancient bronze ring that was excavated in Europe.

On the other side, a polished piece of naturally-shed deer antler holds the center.  I have given it a wrapped silver bail, hammered on desert rock.  To its left is a fragment of fossil walrus ivory from St. Lawrence Island, Alaska.  Dug from the permafrost by the native Yupik, it is of an indeterminate age.  The other side has a rich, chocolate brown patina.  To the right of the antler is a pendant of fossil dinosaur eggshell with its characteristically pebbly texture.  These amulets hang from an antique brass ring that was once on a West African belt.

Most of the amulets are attached with links of rock-hammered and beaded sterling or bronzes wire.  The stone arrowhead is wrapped with mock sinew made from waxed nylon, and the dino eggshell is on a strand of beading wire.

The Beads:

You will find many pieces of rich brown Baltic amber here, lovely nuggets that feel wonderful in the hand.  One piece is raw, just as it is found on beaches or in the earth: it has a golden orange rind and is creamy white on the inside, a rare type sometimes known as "King's Amber".  Two of my handmade silver elements link the strand together.  The ring was molded onsite from Taos mesa basalt and the long link was molded onsite from Kofa Mountain andesite in Arizona.

Other elements include ancient agate and quartz beads from Asia and shell from South America; fossil fish bone, shell fragments, stegodon and dinosaur bone; huge baroque pearls, antler, chert, abalone and etched agate; tribal stone, glass, brass and bone African trade beads: saguaro cactus rib and handmade clay, Arizona petrified wood and an ancient clay spindle whorl.  There are more, and all will be listed on the handwritten description that will come with the beads. 

The strand was strung on durable medium weight beading wire (stainless steel fibers coated with nylon), and wherever possible I lined beads with larger holes with glass seed beads to help them sit better on the strand.  This improves the lifetime of the piece and also improves the way the strand feels when it is worn and held in the hand.  All crimp beads were wrapped with sterling silver wire.

SIZE: The strand measures 56" or 1.42 meters end to end. 

CARE:  Because of the bone, walrus ivory, organic, ancient and clay elements, handle this set with care.   Wipe the beads with a soft, damp cloth if you wish to clean them.

PRESENTATION:  The Back to Earth Spirit Beads will arrive beautifully giftwrapped. See the shop policies below for details.

++ Shipping is included in the price. ++

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