I live in the high desert of Arizona, surrounded by mountains. The richness of the desert landscape colors has totally won my heart. This necklace and earrings set celebrates that with a desert landscape panorama sculpted and hand painted onto 5 polymer clay pieces and matching earring drops. Each mini work of art is separated by juniper berries, a medicine collected and used by many of the indigenous people of this area. It’s all strung with a necklace of multi colored tourmaline beads, reflective of the soft, varied colors of the Sonoran Desert landscape. It closes with a handmade copper lizard shaped toggle.
The necklace measures approximately 18 inches, with the largest of the polymer clay pieces measuring in at 1 1/2 inches by 1 3/4 inches. The clasp measures approximately 2 inches by 1 inch. The matching earrings have a 2 inch drop, and measure 3/8 inch wide.
This is a truly stunning set.
THE STONE MEDICINE:
Tourmaline's many colors are believed to have been conceived from the unique energy flow coming from the rainbow. The mixture of colors streaming within Tourmaline promotes insight, intelligence, charity, and happiness. Its name comes from the Sinhalese word ‘turmali’ which means unknown stones of different colors.
One of the many bizarre facts about Tourmaline is its electrical characteristics. Among many crystals and gemstones, it is the only one that can be charged with electrical energy.
Tourmaline is a stone of serenity and healing. The many colors it represents also signify different values and strengths.