Shaman's Necklace + Amulets & Talismans + Handmade Wrapped Sterling Chain + Fossils, Artifacts & Desert Impressions

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Shaman's Necklace + Amulets & Talismans + Handmade Wrapped Sterling Chain + Fossils, Artifacts & Desert Impressions

345.00

A new take on an ancient amulet necklace in shades of sage, copper and silver

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:: Sage Horizon ::

:: This necklace contains fossil mammoth and walrus ivory and is for sale within the United States only ::

Those of you who have followed my work know all about my love of talismans.  One of the defining moments in my journey as a jewelry designer happened over a quarter of a century ago when we were living in Northern California.  I took a workshop from a woman in San Francisco who showed us how to make a "Power Necklace", an array of amulets symbolizing our personal power hanging from a heavy wrapped cord.  She lived near a tiny but extraordinary bead shop on Castro Street, and I was absolutely enthralled.  Although I no longer have the necklace, its magical impression still lingers with me and I was thinking of it when I created this piece.  Shaman's neckpieces from the Arctic, with their multiple ivory amulets on cords or chains, were also in the back of my mind.

The chain that forms the base of this necklace is made from oxidized sterling silver which has been hammered on desert rock.  Each unique link is individually wrapped and hand finished.  The amulets and talismans were carefully positioned on the links with similar sterling attachments.  As I worked I hung it on the mannequin to ensure a good balance and rhythm to the overall composition.  

A contemporary pendant of fossil mammoth ivory is the longest of the lot; this was made by Gary B. Wilson and has a rare blue tint from the mineral vivianite.  A polished fossil walrus ivory fragment from St. Lawrence Island, Alaska is higher up on the strand.  There are two fossil crinoids, ancient anemone-like sea creatures from a forgotten time, with a third cross-section embedded in a found stone.  Also here are nuggets of sage-green Chinese turquoise, iridescent ancient Bactrian glass (over 2000 years old), and two lustrous ceramic pendants by favorite ceramic artist, Petra Carpeau.  

The remainder of the amulets were made by me from bronze, copper and fine silver metal clay.  The copper pieces include a spike molded from a Sonoran desert boulder, a disc impressed with Mojave desert chalcedony, and a long pendant molded from sandstone beneath Owachomo Bridge, in Natural Bridges NP in Utah.  The two small copper charms are a diamond impressed with fossil fish vertebra and a tiny dangle molded from Chaco Canyon clifftop sandstone.  The bronze piece is a simple rolled elongated shape, like a primitive bell, and the silver pendant was created onsite at White Sands NM by directly pressing the raw clay into a weathered rosemarymint root.  

A magical piece full of ancient and desert energies!  Easy to wear but wonderfully rich and dramatic.  

 

SIZE:  The necklace measures 18 1/2", or 47 cm, from the back of your neck to the bottom of the longest amulet when worn.

CARE:   Take care with the ancient elements, glass and clay...they have traveled a long way through time.  Don't handle the piece roughly.  To clean, wipe gently with a soft, damp cloth.  A silver polishing cloth is recommended to keep the metal.

PRESENTATION:  This necklace will come to you beautifully giftwrapped.  See my shop policies below for details.

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