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UPDATE! I enter this piece into the 2012 Marshfield Fair and it won a Second Place Red Ribbon. I am thrilled that my work was recognized and rewarded. W00t!

This is brand new. The focal was another impulse buy. Dontcha just LOVE those?!

It is a Bracelet measuring 7 and 3/4 Inches long from Jump Ring to Clasp.

The Bumblebee Focal Pendant is Enamelled over a Gold Toned Metal in the typical colours of Black and Yellow with Black Rhinestones for Eyes and White Heart Shaped Rhinestones in the Wings. The Focal hangs 1 Inch from body of the Bracelet and 3/4 of an Inch Wide from Wingtip to Wingtip.

The Bracelet itself is made from 6MM Black Glass Beads and 8MM Bright Yellow Glass Beads. The Spacers are a Bright Gold tone. It's Bright and Summery.

The name of the Collection, Xicohtencatl, is an Aztec Word that can be translated as "Angry Bumblebee". I have YET in 40+ years of existence to find an angry bumblebee, so I have no idea where the gentlemen so named got that moniker.

There were TWO men by that name in Mexico, the Elder and the Younger. The Elder lived from 1425 to 1522 and his son was hung for the crime of treason by Hernando Cortez in 1521at the ripe old age of 37. You hafta LOVE the Conquest...yes that WAS sarcastic. The younger was the leader of his alepetl, Tizatlan,sort of a city-state like the Greek Sparta and Athens. He marched against Cortez and a couple of the other altepetls, Totonac and Tlaxcalan. He ambushed the Spaniards and their allies. The Spanish tried to broker a treaty between themselves and the head of Ocotelolco and Xicoh 2. No dice and he wiped out most of the Spanish. He didn't want a treaty. He went from a traitor of "Why don't you want to be taken over by Spain?" to a hero fighting against the European enslavement.
The Elder Xicoh was a warrior too, but also a Poet. He helped the Conquest of the Aztecas of Tenochtitlan, but when he wanted the Spanish to help, they just wanted to enslave the whole populace. His most famous Poem regards the Flowery Wars, great name right?

"I say this, I the lord Xicohtencatl:
Do not go forth in vain!
Take up your shield, the vessel of flowery water!
Your little bowl with a handle.
Your precious vessel, color of obsidian, stands upright, with it, we will bring the water on our shoulders, we will carry it there in Mexico, from Chapolco, on the shore of the lake.

Do not go forth in vain, my nephew, my little children, my nephews, you, children of the water!
I make the water flow, O Lord Cuauhtencoztli, let us all go!

We will bring the water on our shoulders, truly we are going to carry it!

Captain Motelchiuhtzin wants to announce it, my friends!
He says it is not yet dawn.
We take up our burden of water: crystal clear, precious, color of turquoise, which moves in waves.
Thus you will come there, to the place of the vessels, do not go forth in vain!

Nanahuatl will perhaps make noise there.
My little son!
You, leader of men, you, precious creature, a painting with gold in the Toltec manner, paint the precious bowl, Lord Axayacatl.
We go together to partake, we approach the precious waters.
They are falling, drops rain down, there, close to the small canals.

He who carries my flowery water, Huanitzin, now comes to give it to me,
O my uncles, Tlaxcalans, Chichimecs!
Do not go forth in vain!

The flowery war, the shield's flower,
have opened their corollas.
They resound,
the sweet-smelling flowers rain down,
Thus perhaps for this,
he came to conceal gold and silver;
for this I take the painted books.
O my little canal, with my vessel the water flows!
O my old ones!"

Nifty little ode, I think.

Most of you know about Bumblebees. They're member of the Apis family like HoneyBees, but they don't make honey. They DO pollinate flowers and crops so farmers like to have them around. There's 250 known species of them, mostly in the Northern Hemisphere, but there are some in Tasmania and New Zealand.
There's even one called a Cuckoo Bumblebee that takes over a regular colony like the cuckoo bird or a cow bird do so that the adults will take care of the imposter.

Unfortunately Bumbles are endangered around the world. Habitat Destruction, and Pesticides are wiping them out. In the UK there's 19 species, with 3 gone already and 8 in decline. Pretty sad because they're really good at their jobs.

There's also an urban legend about their powers of flight...they CAN'T FLY. Aerodynamically, they should not be capable of flight. Their bodies are too big and their wings are too small...I've heard tell that if you catch a bumble and tell it it can't fly, it'll fall out of the sky...That might just make it angry...so I wouldn't try it. ;)

I will gladly combine shipping for more than one item.

Please convo me for shipping if you're not from the States.

And, as always, I'm trade friendly.

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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: tigertail, clear glass beads, 6mm glass beads, 8 mm glass beads, gold toned five holed spacers, enamelled focal pendant, bright gold findings
  • Feedback: 64 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Massachusetts, United States
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