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Luscious Sonoran Desert colors come together in my latest Spirit Beads offering, which honors two Goddesses of Compassion. This is a very long piece, open-ended with clusters of three amulets hanging from each end. It can be worn in three different ways as a necklace and even as a belt, and it looks spectacular as art in the home, but the main focus of this piece is as a meditation tool.
When I create Spirit Beads I usually start with a theme, either of color or certain amulets, or both. I pull out everything that resonates with that theme and then let the piece evolve from there. The feminine face of compassion is the focus here, embodied by two amulets on either end which represent its gentle and fierce aspects. Kuan Yin (or Guanyin) has been carved out of translucent creamy-golden jade on one end. She is the Buddhist boddhisatva of compassion originating in China, but she is also revered in Japan. Known as the "Hearer of Cries", she is believed to come to the aid of all who call upon her. Kali is at the other end, and represents the fierce aspect of the Hindu goddess Devi, Great Mother of all. Yes, sometimes compassion needs to be fierce! Kali is widely misunderstood, but she's really all about tough love. Long ago, when the Gods were getting trounced by the army of Demons and they called upon Devi for help, Kali was her answer, and Kali took the Demon army to the cleaners (which is why you ask a woman when you want to get the job done). On a deeper level, Kali is the destroyer of the ego and of all illusion that stands in the way between you and spiritual liberation.
Sharing space with the goddesses are two pieces of fossil walrus ivory, one clearly worked, which are very old. On Kuan Yin's side there is also a bronze Hamsa, or Hand of Fatima, which is a protective amulet from North Africa and the Middle East. Kali is accompanied by a carved stone Endless Knot, a Buddhist symbol of eternity. The amulets are attached with seed pearls or seed beads to the main strand.
The long strand features creamy yellow Baltic amber nuggets, which make it very lightweight for its size. Most are butterscotch amber, but I have added some green amber to the mix as well. The butterscotch is a richly textured blend of white, cream and gold, while the green amber takes on a greenish cast from mineral inclusions, which show up as fine, dendritic grey markings. This type of amber is quite rare and actually more valuable than most. A variety of green, bronze and gold baroque pearls shares the strand with nuggets of Andean yellow opal, natural and faceted pyrite, golden agate, Swarovski Crystal, carved jade, rutilated quartz, and more. The large, long ovoid bead is antique Idar-Oberstein agate. I've also included a brass braid ornament from Saharan Africa.
As I said, Spirit Beads are made with meditation and spiritual connection in mind, and they are designed for you to create your own way of doing this. I will include an information sheet about this with your purchase. You can also choose to wear this piece as an open-ended "shawl" type adornment draped around your neck, or with the ends looped over one another, lariat style. You may also be able to wear it as a shorter necklace by folding the strand in half, wrapping it around your neck, and passing the amulet bundles through the loop at the end to anchor them. And it can be looped around your waist for a belt.
But my favorite way of being with Spirit Beads is to just have them in my space in the house, either hanging on the wall or laid on a table or altar so they can be picked up and held.
Size: The entire piece is 55 1/2" long. When folded in half, it is 28" long, which is the length it would be from the back of your neck to the bottom of the amulets if worn "shawl" fashion. If you wear it doubled as a shorter necklace, it is around 16" from the back of your neck to the base of the amulets.
Care: Made to be handled regularly, it needs no special care. Clean by rinsing in lukewarm water and dry with a soft cloth.
Your Desert Compassion Spirit Beads will arrive giftwrapped in a hand-decorated reuseable box, along with an information sheet and a handwritten descriptive label.
SALE Amber, Yellow Opal, Goddess Amulet, Stone, and Pearl Spirit Beads
- Handmade item
- Materials: amber, jade, brass, pearl, fossil ivory, yellow opal, golden agate, bronze, pyrite, citrine, Idar Oberstein bead, shell, rutilated quartz
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- Ships worldwide from New Mexico, United States