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i've always had a fascination with crows. coming from a small town near the sea, i often dealt with the presence of these birds; their darks wings, their ominous cawing, their seemingly otherworldliness.

in many cultures, the crow, along with birds of prey, have been linked to the underworld, acting as liminal, supernatural creatures, living in both the relms of the dead & the living, ferrying messages to and fro the earthly and spiritual planes.

here, the crow is seen as an abstraction, all that remains is its unearthly claw, forged immortal in sterling silver and rose gold plated, clasping an amethyst crystal. in a sense, the crystal takes on the physical manifestation of the "message," that was passed between realms.

as a "message," amethyst is a particualrly potent crystal, able to be used as a divinatory object, repel negative dreams when kept close to the bed, as well as enhancing lucid dreams. like the clear quartz, it also increases psychic awareness and helps connect you with the spiritual realm.

lastly, within alchemy, the image of the crow is symbolized as the first stage of the trasformative process or nigredo. this stage involved the blackening or cooking of the alchemical ingredients to begin the pathway to the final stage, or the philosopher's stone.

within carl jung's interpretation of alchemy as an inner alchemy, this first stage causes the individual to confront their shadow self, the start of a deep descent into a union of the conscious with the unconscious. here the ring symbolizes this first stage & is meant to be a comfort and protection for those in tumultuous times or in need of a soothing "message."

the necklace is plated in luminous rose gold, contrasting nicely with the purple of the crystal. all the intricate details of the claw are preserved, capturing the wrinkles, folds and textures of the real thing.

paired with a rose gold plated sterling silver, 18 inch (from end to end) bar link chain, making this necklace drop 11 1/2 inches on each side. crow claw is 2 inches long with varying crystal extension. If you need this a bit shorter, please send me a note & I will accommodate you if I can.

while the necklace pictured has sold, I have an incredible collection of amethyst points hand selected from reputable places for clarity, shape and feeling. each will come with a terminated point to keep with the design of the necklace and will vary is shape and size. please allow for slight distressing as crystals are organic in nature and not perfect, especially the amethyst as opposed to quartz. if you would like to select your own crystal there is a small fee to do so, please send me a convo via etsy and we can arrange this.

this is handmade to order just for you ! please allow 3-4 weeks for creation and shipment.


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my official website: www.bloodmilkjewels.com

the messenger. rose gold vermeil crow claw & amethyst necklace. limited run.