I’ve always loved the idea of jewelry pieces with stories or meaning. Some people wear jewelry with prayer boxes, others wear charms with great symbolism, and many choose stones based on their attributed powers or meaning. While many (even most!) of my designs revolve around a central story or idea, I wanted to create a few pieces which represent a deep wish or prayer for the client who wears it while still embodying a sense of history and continuity of time.
This necklace/pendant design represents my wish for the prosperity of its new owner. The etched copper pendant features the word “bless” in Arabic calligraphy. The stones, hematite and garnet, are chosen for their historically attributed symbolism or powers. And, the antique silver coin was chosen both for its value and also for they symbolism of wealth passing from one person to another during the passing of the ages. And, because each of us is linked to others over the course of our lives, I wanted to us chain for this design instead of cording.
About the coin:
A private collector has been kind enough to sell me a number of antique coins to transform into wearable art- making history more accessible to everyone. These genuine silver coins come from one of the batches I acquired of tentatively identified 17th-18th Century silver coins, from Turkey and Egypt. They came to me with the holes already in them. No work whatsoever- aside from putting wire through the already existing hole(s)- has been done to these coins. They are as I obtained them. Even the patina has been preserved, as it often enhances both the character and the value of the coins.
About the stones:
Hematite is believed by many, to be a grounding stone and an ideal tool to assist in manifestation, or bringing one’s aspirations and dreams into reality (it is also supposed to help in learning to distinguish between fantasy and vision). It is said to be helpful in creating union between spiritual and physical realities.
Garnet has historically been believed to be a tool for making things of the imagination become realized in the physical world.
To learn more about this design, or to claim it before someone else can, go here. You can also find another “Bless” pendant here and there are many more antique coin designs (including “shipwreck” coins!) in Butterfly Sundries’ Etsy shop.
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