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This necklace, entirely handmade from sterling silver and hand cut gems is a celebration of the holiday of Beltane

As a Pagan, I am very attached to the modern calendar of holidays developed by Gerald Gardener and Ross Nichols and now common to Wicca and other forms of neopaganism. The two high holy days I celebrate the most are Beltane, May 1, and Samhain, October 31. For each holiday I try to make a piece that contains the essence of what I feel on each holiday for each year. Each piece is one of the most work intensive and ornate pieces I do all year. This year's Beltane is also what I consider to be my Journeyman jeweler's piece.

This necklace is entirely hand made, from each link of chain, to the repousee and chased leaves, and the constructed flowers and central lentil pendant. I cannot really count how long it took, but I worked on it exclusive to any other piece all through the month of April, and gave it the nickname of "The project that ate April". I then wore it to Beltane at Four Quarters Farm during main ritual before bringing it home to sit on my altar.

The leaves are sculpted in a process that involves hammering the metal on a pitch support, and the flowers are constructed using a technique similar to the Native American silver smithing technique for making squash blossom dangles. The gems are emeralds, jade and chrysoprase, all capturing the colors of spring. I wanted this necklace to look like someone made a wreath of leaves and flowers and then managed to petrify the whole thing in silver. The central pendant is two sided, with jade and scroll work on one side and vines with copper and brass leaves on the reverse.

This would be a perfect bridal piece for a Pagan handfasting or any ritual celebration of nature. 40 percent of the sale price will be donated to Four Quarters Farm, the place that inspired this piece, and I will pay for shipping insurance as part of the shipping charges.

The Beltane Necklace

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Sterling silver, Solder, Emerald, Jade, chrysoprase, copper, brass
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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