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Tears of Amber

The mermaid’s tear drops turn to amber
and wash ahore the Baltic Sea.

The beautifully tragic love story of
J U R A T E and K A S T Y T I S,
the goddess-mermaid who fell in love
with a fisherman,
explains how amber came about.
Read below***
if you are interested.

♥There’s a big vintage chunk of Baltic amber
♥right in the middle. It is a beautiful milky honey color.
♥It nestles among turquoise, red and orange coral,
♥amber of different colors, and sterling silver.

As with many of my necklaces,
I lovingly made and remade this one
several times until I felt that
the outcome was just right.
I can’t explain how I figure it out other than
there’s a little voice inside me that shouts with joy,
“Ta-da! That’s it!”

***MORE about Jurate:
Jurate, the sea goddess, did not like
the fisherman, Kastytis, who came daily
disturbing the peaceful waters of the Baltic Sea
and catching too many fish. Since Jurate
loved all the sea creatures she ruled over,
she set out to punish him.
As things happen, Kastytis must have been either
a good-looker or a sweet-talker, or both,
because Jurate quickly fell madly in love with him.
She brought him home to her magnificent castle made of amber. In the meantime, the all powerful thunder god Perkunas (a Lithuanian versin of the Greek god Zeus),
found out about this union of goddess with mortal and was beside himself with rage. He immediately killed Kastytis, the fisherman.
There are several versions of what follows.
In one, the god Perkunas struck
the amber castle with lightening,
shattering the fragile stone to a million bits.
This explains why amber chips are still found
in the Baltic Sea.
In another version, more hauntingly romantic,
Jurate’s tears turn to amber.
During heavy storms, amber pieces are washed ashore
as the goddess continues to mourn
the death of her beloved Kastytis.

Thanks for looking and,
above all, reading all this!

BALTIC AMBER NECKLACE with coral, sterling silver, turquoise, harvest colors, fall fashion

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: amber, turquoise, coral, sterling silver, seed beads
  • Ships worldwide from Mojacar Pueblo, Spain
  • Feedback: 25 reviews
  • Favorited by: 38 people