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I make these handsome pieces here in NYC start to finish. The cage bail is constructed catbird claws cast in silver. The emerald cut Swiss blue topaz was selected by hand and professionally set here in NYC. The piece hangs from a soldered free swinging bail. It comes on a 20 inch oxidized black silver Figaro chain with lobster clasps. You may request another chain length in the message to the buyer.

Dimensions :
The stone is 10.8mm long and 8mm wide. The piece is 13mm long overall including the bail.

Metal source : reclaimed sterling assayed at .925. I choose to source the silver from a 100% green metal reclaiming company based here in the US.

Stone : AAA quality 4.21 ct emerald cut with no inclusions.

Blue Topaz:

December's birthstone is derived from the Sanskrit word "tapas," meaning fire. This is because Blue Topaz was considered by ancient civilizations to have cooling properties. Not only was it believed to cool boiling water when thrown into the pot, but to calm hot tempers as well! This gemstone was credited with many other healing powers, among them the ability to cure insanity, asthma, weak vision and insomnia. The Blue Topaz was even thought to have magical properties in its ability to make its wearer invisible in a threatening situation.

I have several versions of this pendant set with different stones. http://www.etsy.com/shop/billyblue22/search?search_query=Catbird+Solitaire+Pendant&search_submit=&search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5716677&shopname=billyblue22

A bit about catbirds:
This species is named for its cat-like call. Like many members of the Mimidae (most famously mockingbirds), it also mimics the songs of other birds, as well as those of Hylidae (tree frogs), and even mechanical sounds. Because of its well-developed songbird syrinx, it is able to make two sounds at the same time. The alarm call resembles the quiet calls of a male mallard.

Usually a shy bird, it can be attracted by "pishing" sound.[3] Gray Catbirds are not afraid of predators and respond to them aggressively by flashing their wings and tails and by making their signature mew sounds. They are also known to even attack and peck predators that come too near their nests. They also will destroy eggs of the brood parasitic Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) laid in their nests by pecking it.

Cowbirds are the bane of the endangered warblers in my area and I have always seen the catbird as an ally in the push back against them. I don't like cowbirds.

"The catbird seat" is an idiomatic phrase used to describe an enviable position, often in terms of having the upper hand or greater advantage in all types of dealings among parties. According to the Oxford English Dictionary,[1] the first recorded usage occurred in a 1942 humorous short story by James Thurber titled "The Catbird Seat,"[2] which features a character, Mrs. Barrows, who likes to use the phrase. Another character, Joey Hart, explains that Mrs. Barrows must have picked up the expression from Red Barber and that to Barber "sitting in the catbird seat" meant "'sitting pretty,' like a batter with three balls and no strikes on him." Further usage can be found in P. G. Wodehouse's 1958 novel Cocktail Time: "I get you. If we swing it, we'll be sitting pretty, 'In the catbird seat.'"

As always no creatures were harmed in any way in the creation of this piece.

Where did I get a catbird foot? You might ask. Well the little bird was no longer using it . There was no deep spiritual journey with this one nor any exotic location.
I was out in the Hamptons with my girls staying with some of Megan's really nice fancy friends. I have yet to have my own friends with a house out there and as you may have heard it's pretty upscale. I was really trying to be on my best behavior.
I was pushing the stroller through lovely Amaganset and it was a pretty day. I happened to see a very recently deceased catbird in a bush near the village green.
Now, I love catbirds. As a boy my folks had encouraged my weird bird obsession and bought me a set of field guides. I could peel off the nesting habits and migrational patterns of the entire book at any moment. It was met with a sort of " oh that's nice" half smile in my football frantic town. So I'm used to the odd looks.
Anyway, I was alone with the baby who was napping and I took a chance and made my move on the dead birdie. With multi tool that I often carry in my satchel ( don't call it a purse) I quickly clipped his feet. I thought he needed a more proper burial. With that thought in mind our host rounded the corner. He looked at me and at the dead bird in hand. Busted.
I figured I would just play it straight up and told him I wanted to make a cast from the feet and use it as components in my work. So you know when dealing with normal people this kind of moment can really only go two ways. He looked at the claws in my hand and cocked his head. " Here it comes " I winced, prepared for the worst. " Hmm, that's really interesting,." he said. "You know my boyfriend found this really nice turtle skull. I wonder if you could work with that too?" Whew…. fellow oddballs come in all forms.

Thanks for indulging my long winded stories as always. Please favorite my shop so you might find me again. -Blue

Make sure to checkout the rest of my shop! I have hundreds of original pieces, and regularly post new designs! http://www.etsy.com/shop/billyblue22

ALL of my pieces are designed and made here in NYC and are shipped in a complimentary gift-box. Let me know if you are sending your order directly to someone as a gift and if you want a personal note included in the package.

It will take between 1 and 10 business-days for your order to process. I will message you a shipment confirmation number when your order is on it's way.

Please email BlueBayerShipping [!at] gmail.com with questions, or to upgrade shipping. I ship using USPS First Class Mail with Delivery Confirmation which doubles as a tracking number you can plug-in at www.usps.com for domestic packages. There’s no tracking for international orders unless you upgrade to Express International. See below:

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For valuable or rushed international orders: I highly encourage upgrading to Express shipping because it's much faster, it helps to prevent theft, and includes tracking all the way to delivery. If you would like to upgrade to USPS Express shipping, please email BlueBayerShipping [!at] gmail.com as soon as possible. The difference in cost is $34.00. You will need to PayPal: BlueBayer [!at] gmail.com. Please understand that purchasing express shipping does not change the handling time on many pieces that need to be made or finished.

Catbird Solitaire Pendant Blue Topaz 10x8 4.21 ct Blue Bayer Desing NYC


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  • Handmade item
  • Primary color: Blue
  • Secondary color: Silver
  • Occasion: Birthday
  • Necklace length: 18 Inches
  • Material: silver
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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