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BLACKBIRD features a lovely pendant of handpainted porcelain set in .925 Sterling Silver. The necklace includes Ruby Zoisite, Moonstone, Onyx, Tourmalinated Quartz, Paua Shell and sparkling Czech glass, and closes with a Pewter bar and ring clasp.

16 1/2" long, excluding the 1" x 1 1/2" pendant.

In creating any necklace, I first select a focal piece, and then choose the various stones to complete it through an instinctive (and fun!) process. After lighting some incense and putting on some music that suits my mood that day (new age, world music, nature sounds, classical or soft jazz), I hold the pendant or focal stone in my hand as I look over ALL of the hundreds of types of stone beads in my collection, and choose several (way more than what will eventually be included - usually 20 or more types) that look and feel "right." Next, I narrow things down by repeating the process among the beads I first selected, and place handfuls of about a dozen different types in the old African Mancala game board I use as my beading palette. I then choose complementary glass seed beads (often used as spacers) and a clasp, and begin beading - entirely by instinct. Often, I will get to a certain point and begin over again, until the necklace that is meant to be reveals itself. Sometimes, I find that a stone I hadn't originally chosen is screaming to be included, and I always honor that. Not all of the stones in the final palette are used, and usually the piece turns out entirely differently than what I had originally envisioned. It is a process that feeds my soui. I am inspired by the colors and textures of the materials I work with, and by my spirit guides (all animals! - see my profile), as well as by the constant presence when I'm beading of my two beloved rescued dogs (O'Keeffe and Teddy) and a giant rescued Maine Coon cat named Sassafras, who rules the roost. All three love to be a part of the process. ABOUT THE STONES...

RUBY ZOISITE: Awakening of the true self; joy; healing

Zoisite with Ruby works to harmonize relationships with others, increasing empathy and compassion. It supports the body in attaining its optimal state of health and is useful in treating depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, fainting spells and sluggish thyroid. It allows one to identify and express repressed grief. It teaches of growth, healing and joy in the moment. It is a powerful healer of the emotional body, promoting positive states that support physical healing as well.

MOONSTONE: Calming; protection; love; connection with plants

Moonstone helps to cool, soothe and calm our emotions, and is associated with intuition, sensitivity and the feminine aspect of our nature. It enhances balance and introspection, and possesses reflective lunar energies that relate to new beginnings. It can help one focus on what's needed rather than what's wanted. Moonstone is believed to enhance psychic abilities. A gently protective stone, it is worn as a charm when traveling on or over the water. It can attract love, heal rifts between lovers and ensure restful sleep. As a healing stone, moonstone helps all parts of the lower torso, including digestive, cleansing and reproductive organs. If worn while gardening, It can help your plants and flowers to grow strong and healthy.

ONYX: Inner strength; willpower; self-mastery; reason

Onyx is a strengthening stone that can help one approach a lesson or task with greater self-confidence. It is in tune with the energies of the earth, and therefore creates balance and helps us to feel more comfortable in our surroundings. It is often used for centering and alignment of the total person with higher powers, and can help banish feelings of grief. It may facilitate good fortune by helping one to absorb energies needed from the universe. Onyx emanates the energies of self-mastery and can help one to control, focus and diret the will, thus enhancing one’s personal power. It attunes one to the wisdom of instinct, and helps us to see and feel that guidance. It has been used in the treatment of disorders related to bone marrow, soft tissue structures, and the feet.

TOURMALINATED QUARTZ: Balance; protection

Tourmalinated quartz combines the qualities of tourmaline with the qualities of quartz crystal. Black Tourmaline (Schorl) purifies ones own energies and protects from negativity, while quartz crystal amplifies energies focused through it. This combination makes Tourmalinated Quartz a powerful shield-stone that depending on the desired intent of the wearer can amplify and return negative energy like a mirror spell or can convert the negative energy into positive energy for the wearer. It is also thought to aids in eliminating patterns, which are, or may have been destructive in ones own life. This combination balances yin/yang energies, aids in adjusting imbalances throughout the body, repels and protects against negativity, and protects one from being victimized by the negative energies of others. It enhances ones physical well being by providing an increase in physical vitality, emotional stability, and intellectual acuity.

PAUA SHELL (ABALONE): Calming; soothing

Abalone is purported to be especially useful for handling and calming emotional situations, and be very soothing to the emotions. Having abalone nearby when working through an emotional situation with someone is said to be beneficial, and to promote cooperation. Abalone is reported by intuitive sources to stimulates psychic development and intuition, and promotes imagination in a healthy way. It is said that abalone is helpful for arthritis and other joint disorders, muscle problems, the heart, and digestion.

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BLACKBIRD Necklace (Hand-painted porcelain, Ruby Zoisite, Moonstone, Onyx, Tourmalinated Quartz, Paua Shell)


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: porcelain, ruby zoisite, moonstone, onyx, tourmalinated quartz, paua shell, czech glass
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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