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:: Harmony In Time ::

Here we have a very rugged and earthy collection of amulets is combined with silver, bronze and handmade beads, all on a heavy leather cord. Creating a piece like this is quite a journey; I usually begin with a single item and let the piece take shape around it. Often I will have only a vague sense of the talisman's final appearance until it's finished. My starting point for this one was an imprint of an ammonite fossil in natural rough rock from Gary Wilson's lapidary studio. The idea of using rough natural materials in jewelry really appeals to me: it's an unabashed, unapologetic connection to the Earth in its primal state. The immense age of the fossil combined with its spiral form serves as a reminder of deep time and eternity.

A fossil walrus ivory artifact fragment complements the spiralling fossil with its long, bladelike shape, and a second pointed amulet of bronze rests beside it. The bronze almost looks like deer horn, but is actually molded from weathered ironwood found in the Sonoran Desert near Tucson. I've also added two sterling silver amulets, a disc imprinted with a spiralling form and a primitive ring. Taken all together, the pointed masculine forms are balanced by the more feminine rings and discs, with the spiralling fossil over all.

The amulets hang from a sterling silver bail assemblage by hand-forged links of sterling silver and bronze, or Thai Hilltribe silver beads with sterling wire wraps. The long bail assemblage has stacked elements of handmade beads, African trade glass, fossil ivory and another of my sterling discs, imprinted with Vermillion Cliffs, Arizona sandstone.

A cord of natural 4mm leather gives the talisman understated but sturdy support. I've rubbed the cord with a quality natural oil and wax compound that will keep it supple and waterproof. Just above the pendant it's held together with one of my tube beads of sterling silver. Handmade sterling spring ends hold a toggle clasp consisting of a fused fine silver ring and another fragment of fossil ivory, a repetition of the feminine-masculine symbolism.

All of my wire work and the fused silver ring were hammered on my desert rock anvil for texture, and everything was oxidized and carefully finished by hand for a softly worn, aged feel.

If you're looking for something earthy and grounded to wear, this is it. It's rough and primitive, but soft and comforting as well, and I find the balance of shapes and symbols imbue it with a gentle and balanced energy. Earth medicine indeed!

Size: From the toggle clasp at the back of the neck to the base of the pendants, 19" or 48cm. The pendant assemblage including the bail is 7" or 18cm long. The fossil ammonite is 1 1/2" or 6cm long and the fossil ivory is 4 1/4" or 10.5cm long.

Care: Rinse in lukewarm water to clean and blot dry. The leather can be washed and re-conditioned with leather cleaning products (look for them at you local boot or shoe store). Let the patina on the metals deepen, or brighten with a jeweler's polishing cloth.

Harmony in Time will arrive beautifully giftwrapped in a hand-decorated box, along with a handwritten descriptive label.

Frequently asked questions about DesertTalismans

Sorry, my work is one of a kind and I do not accept any custom orders, including requests to recreate previously sold items.
The size of each item is given at the bottom of each listing. The only variations in size are for rings that are adjustable. See the listings for details.
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Primitive Fossil, Sterling and Bronze Amulet, Handmade Beads on Leather Cord


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: fossil, natural stone, fossil ivory, sterling silver, bronze, ceramic bead, glass bead, African trade bead, fine silver, leather, Thai Hilltribe silver beads
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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