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I’ve been fascinated by Faeries all my life, not just the cute and sparkly, but the dark and tricky too. And Shakespeare’s Titania is one I love. I especially loved that though she is light and beautiful, she is, well, not morally like us.   Much like any Faerie, even a Shining One, there is a touch of dark, or just different that we will never truly understand as just plain simple humans. This piece was made to honor that. The light and beautiful, with just a touch of darkness on the edges.

This focal was one I just happened across and fell in love with. The two stones atop if are just slightly colored, though it doesn’t show well in the picture, the left side is a blueish tone, the right a purple. Though I’m not sure, I think this is a slice of a geode.  It is surrounded by amethyst,  adventurine, shells, mother of pearl, opalite, Czech glass, moss agate, ice flake and rose quartz, flourite, and Swarovski crystals.

I’ve included a lot of pictures, since the pendants colors seem much different in changing light.

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Finally finished my newest pieces! This one had a little misadventure, since as I was working on it, our son H knocked down the focal piece and it broke. 😦  So I had to run out for a new one today, and still love the final piece.  This one is inspired by Demeter.

Demeter has always been fascinating to me. Here’s a favorite part of her myth (from wikipedia)

Demeter was searching for her daughter Persephone (also known as Kore). Having taken the form of an old woman called Doso, she received a hospitable welcome from Celeus, the King of Eleusis in Attica (and also Phytalus). He asked her to nurse Demophon and Triptolemus, his sons by Metanira.

As a gift to Celeus, because of his hospitality, Demeter planned to make Demophon as a god, by coating and anointing him with Ambrosia, breathing gently upon him while holding him in her arms and bosom, and making him immortal by burning his mortal spirit away in the family hearth every night. She put him in the fire at night like a firebrand or ember without the knowledge of his parents.

Demeter was unable to complete the ritual because his mother Metanira walked in and saw her son in the fire and screamed in fright, which angered Demeter, who lamented that foolish mortals do not understand the concept and ritual.

Instead of making Demophon immortal, Demeter chose to teach Triptolemus the art of agriculture and, from him, the rest of Greece learned to plant and reap crops. He flew across the land on a winged chariot while Demeter and Persephone cared for him, and helped him complete his mission of educating the whole of Greece in the art of agriculture.

The necklace has the colors that to me represent agriculture and Earth. The light yellows of new spring, greens of verdant life and fields, the browns of harvest and the darkness that follows. A perfect reminder of the cycles that we all pass through in life. The focal is a picture jasper leaf, and is surrounded by Indian bloodstone, moss agate, ocean jasper, black stone, tiger eye, shell, aragonite, wood jasper, agates, kambaba jasper and Czech glass.

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