I live in what is known as the hummingbird capital of the US. One of my daily joys is watching the hummingbirds dart in and out from among the cactus and other plants in my yard here in Arizona. This necklace is a tribute to that, with its hand carved turquoise hummingbird in flight, and the unusual barrel beads made from cholla cactus capped with turquoise. The cholla is surrounded by spiny oyster discs and nuggets of Fox Turquoise. Finished off with a beautiful handmade copper clasp.
The necklace measures approximately 24 inches long, not including the hummingbird focal. The hummingbird measures approximately 2 inches by 2 inches, and the unusual cholla cactus barrel beads approximately 1 inch by 3/4 inches.
THE STONE MEDICINE:
In traditional thought, Turquoise unites the earth and sky, bringing together male and female energies. Turquoise is a stone of “earth-grounding” and is valuable in preventing one from losing touch with the conscious mind during deep meditations. It provides strength and protection. Did you know that it is said that turquoise connects with its owner and will grow pale in color if the wearer becomes ill, sometimes losing all color if the wearer passes away, only to regain color when worn again by a new, healthy owner.
Shells are commonly referred to as symbolizing boundless growth as the shells are continually growing throughout the mollusks life. Used since the Stone Ages as jewelry, decoration and as holders during religious ceremonies to invoke the sacred, wearing Shell Jewelry has also been used to improve fertility. Shell stimulates intuition, sensitivity, imagination and adaptability. It helps to enhance mental clarity and provides insight into decision-making. Shell promotes cooperation between the self and others, as well as within the self. It provides cohesive energy for groups. This organic shell-life-matrix of the sea carries the energies of life, water, comfort and peace of mind. It is protective of it’s host or wearer, a safe haven and home that resonates security from the tides constant changing. A greater sense of understanding, patience and knowing opens, reflected from the rhythms of the sea that this shell has endured. In healing folklore it encourages security, adaptability and joy.