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Another of my designs echoing the amulets and talismans worn by ancient, nomadic peoples. I can't get enough of the primal energy radiating from unusual organic materials and highly abstracted forms sourcing from our earliest centuries on this planet. Most often found in archaeological digs, the ornament of early humans often had specific purpose other than delighting the eye, announcing status, clan or medicine society affiliations.

Talismans and amulets used to attract game, repel predators and invoke supernatural protection (luck, health, babies, wealth) were probably our earliest forms of adornment, although we may not have articulated this at the time... maybe it was a strong sensation that wearing a certain element or symbol made us feel more secure, or noting that in the past, seeing a certain animal, weather condition, or dream prior to an incident conveyed a predictable outcome.

The pendant exhibits the beauty of the material, its form rooted in highly stylized goddess imagery common to early Cyclades culture, but does not represent any specific deity or belief system. If anything, it represents unity and the universal life force. Imagine standing upon the treeless prairie, your body a vertical conduit connecting earth to sky, (the axis mundi or world tree archetype) The visual imagery conveys the underlying concept: Everything in this universe is connected and interdependent.

The blue - green chrysophrase cabochon is rooted in the protecting eye imagery found in Middle Eastern and some eastern cultures, but also represents clear skies and clean water: purification and nourishment of the spirit.

I designed this pendant, but it was fabricated by a talented artisan/silversmith many years ago. Together, my design and her skill ( and creative advice) resulted in three of these pendants. Her expertise transformed my simple sketch into this miniature sculpture: The texture of hammered sterling plays nicely alongside smooth, creamy fossilized ivory from the arctic. This artisan cut & hand finished the fossil ivory, and also did the silver smithing. I no longer recall her last name ( first name is Amy and last I heard, she lived in Trinidad, Colorado). So Amy, if you see this listing, email so I can provide your full artisan credit and contact info.

The pendant proper is fossil ivory, the bezel is sterling silver with a dark patina.

American turquoise, natural with no dye or enhancement other than a clear coating to protect the tone and prevent the color from darkening upon prolonged exposure to skin oils.

Diminutive bone spacers accent the deep blue stones.

17" long

Ancient Harmony American turquoise and fossil ivory

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: fossil ivory, american turquoise, sterling silver
  • Feedback: 409 reviews
  • Only ships to United States from Illinois, United States.
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