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Unicorn Relic Reliquary Necklace by Nouveau Motley
Shop Home Page: http://www.NouveauMotley.etsy.com

Own your own little piece of an 'actual' unicorn!

Inspired by Catholic reliquaries of saints, this little shadow box pendant contains some dust of a 'genuine' unicorn horn!

Since the dawn of the Catholicism, the Catholic church has been selling reliquaries of saints that contain anything from a fragment of cloth that touched a tomb of a saint (Third Class Relic) to a dot of resin mixed with actual dried and ground bodily remains (First Class Relic). That said, there is a lot of controversy surrounding the buying and selling of antique reliquaries, an act which the Vatican now condemns, and the authenticity of them because, more often than not, the First Class Relics actually contained remains of pigs or chickens, if anything other than wax. Relics for the masses where usually house in small cases with a glass cover so you could view the relic. They were bound and sealed by the Church with red silk thread and red wax with a Vatican seal embossed upon it.

Hark the birth of my Pseudo Relics!

This reliquary is made in the traditional manner of the Catholic relics of yesteryear. The reliquary is made of brass with glass lenses on each side to display the relic and unicorn seal housed within. The front is a bed of burgundy velvet upon which displays a dot of resin mixed with 'genuine' unicorn horn set within an antiqued brass ornament. Below that, on an ancient scrap of gold leafed parchment reads "ex. cornus, d. unicornum" which, in Latin, means "the horn of the unicorn". It is traditionally sealed with red threads and sealing was that carries an image of a unicorn profile with a crown around its neck.

The case measured 1.5 inches in diameter and is not meant to be opened. The chain is 32 inches of antiqued brass and is perfect for layering. Please allow for slight variations due to these being hand made.

Keep posted for soon to be posted relics of Nosferatu and Lycanthropes!

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**Please note that this piece is for entertainment purposes only and does not contain remains of a unicorn, nor have any affiliation with Catholicism or the Vatican other than inspiration**