Mermaids are found in folklore all over the world.
the word is taken from mere (sea)
and maid (or young girl)
however there are mermaid stories of these half fish,
half woman in lakes and rivers too.
As early as 1000 BC accounts are found in Assyria
where the goddess Atargatis turned into a mermaid in shame
for killing her lover.
The stories are not confined to tragedy:
some stores are of generous mermaids
giving blessings and falling in love with their human counterparts.
In 15th century China there is a story about a mermaid
who wept tears which became pearls.
In India Suvannamaccha is a mermaid princess
who tries to ruin Hanuman’s attempt to build a bridge to Lanka,
yet falls in love with him instead.
In Africa the Mami Wata are water spirits of both sexes.
In the Caribbean a mermaid is called Aycayia,
in Haiti the Loa called La Sirene
and associated with the Orisha Yemaya.
I wanted to focus on the more pleasant version
of these stories when designing the Mermaid earrings.
She is a complete sculpture,
yet only ¾ of an inch long.
Her tail curves onto itself
and her hands meet above her head,
her expression of quiet contemplation
and she swims though the waters.
She swims with a grace that could only exist
in the passion of such creatures.
To get your Mermaid Earrings,
please go to my Mermaid Earring page.
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the Morning Star as a weapon
is a mace with a ball and spikes on one end.
A medieval weapon which came into popularity
around the 14th century in Germany
and was known as a Morgenstern;
often confused with a simple military flail
which is a wood shaft which included iron bars at the end.
Morning Star Earrings
When I originally designed these earrings,
I was attempting to re-create the Kettenmorgenstern
(which translates chain-morning star,)
again a kind of flail.
When writing or describing these
I simply referred to them as the Morning Star,
and left it at that.
I was often corrected when attending the various SCA events
by the Period Experts,
however they liked them anyway.
These earrings are made of sterling silver:
a handle carved to replicate wood,
banded together and a small jump ring
to attach the classic ball at the bottom.
The ball has small “spikes”
which are more rounded than pointy
so as not to get caught in hair
or leave a mark on your cheek.
A classic look for those who enjoy a more medieval look.
To get your Morning Star Earrings,
please go to my Morning Star Earring page.
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the trees wake from the winter’s slumber
and over time
(in some places in hours!)
the put out shoots which develop into leaves.
Amazing things: leaves.
They capture sunlight
and use the solar energy to create food for the tree.
Transfer the air into usable material.
Some trees turn their leaves down when they sense rain approaching.
All through the summer,
leaves provide shelter for the animals
who inhabit the trees.
we sue the term “leaf”
to describes the pages of a book
and then again use the metaphor:
“turn over a new leaf”
in reference to “starting again, fresh and new”.
We eat them,
use them in all kinds of ways,
both the actual leaves and the ones we mimic.
One of my favorite pass times
is to watch the trees move in the wind,
to feel the air move
and hear the sound of leaves stirring in the branches,
creating ever changing patterns.
The leaf stirs the imagination.
Leaf Chain Earrings
In celebration of the Leaf,
I have created the Leaf Chain.
The earrings are three different leaves,
connected by soldered jump rings for security,
framing the face with a very organic look.
Because they are of a chain,
they move as you do.
Each earring is 1 1/2” long
with a Shepard’s hook earring finding.
Perfect for those who love trees,
leaves and Nature.
To get yours,
please visit my Leaf Chain Earring Page.
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Fire is considered “Transformitive”:
under the right conditions,
it transforms wood to heat and light,
bringing an otherwise cold room to comfort.
Fire can cook food,
disinfect a tool,
melt metal so it may be re-shaped to a purpose.
When out of control
it can alter a landscape,
take lives and leave a wasteland.
As a symbol,
fire represents a quality of Transformation,
changing one thing to another
including altering one’s very thought processes.
It is no wonder the Ancients used Fire and a symbol
of primordial change.
Small tongues of flame leaping up to the ear
flashing in the light with your every move.
The links of flame from my flame chain
add a great accent to any flame amulets,
bracelet or fire creatures.
For more information, please visit my Flame Earrings Page.
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Pentacles often had no connotation of “five”
in the old magical documents,
but were magical talismans inscribed with any symbol or character.
The most common “pentacle” is the five point star.
In it’s earliest form symbolized the first “ADAM”,
signified in early art as “Human Perfection”,
the “First Man” in the Garden of Eden.
Pentacles are used in the Tarot
to signify Matter or the Material World.
Each of the Pentacle cards represents a scenario and lesson about money,
influence and decisions.
The five pointed star is found everywhere
from a Sheriff’s badge to a countries’ flag;
it is found in nature within apples,
in flowers and trees.
The Pentacles as a five pointed star
represents the balance between the Elements
(Fire, Water, Air, Earth)
under the Spirit (the top point).
When presented with the top point up,
this is a symbol of health,
wisdom, balance and good fortune.
The Pentacle Earrings are solid,
yet light with a top bail
and soldered jump rings for security;
mounted on Shepard Hook earring findings.
I make them in sterling silver,
however I have been known to create them in other metals for special orders.
To get your pair of Pentacle Earrings, please visit my Pentacle earring page.
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More pentacles may be found on my Pentacles Page
A pair of sun swords for your ears.
The classic wavy blades of Olde.
Quillons (cross guards) in the medieval style and round pummel.
A small loop at the top for the Shepard’s hook earrings.
The Sun Sword Earrings
A sword design found in many Norse versions,
the curving of the blade catches the light like icicles.
The swords are one and an eight inches long,
full three dimensional carvings
(not one sided!)
may be viewed from both sides.
Light, comfortable and shiny!
To get your Sun Sword earrings,
please visit my Sun Sword Earring Page.
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The Snake has been revered as a Spiritual Symbol
by many different spiritual paths.
The Egyptians use them as a symbol of royalty.
The Greeks referred to the Cobra as “ the Little King” or Basilisk.
Snakes may be found in the Caduceus of medicine.
The Ouroboros is a symbol of eternity
as it swallows it’s own tail.
The Snake Amulet
In the Study of Yoga,
the snake symbolizes Kundalini:
spiritual energy awakened and harnessed.
Although in some sectors,
the snake has gotten some bad press,
the snake has been viewed as a soul guide,
past life memories,
the wisdom of the Goddess,
Freedom from Religious prosecution
and many other ideas.
The Snake Amulet is focused
on the head and cowl of the Cobra,
it’s body disappears beyond sight.
the cobra’s tail disappears into it’s coils,
so too this image shows a snake “without a tail”.
Tongue out and watching your every move,
this snake is focused
and ready to strike if needs be.
To get your Snake Amulet,
be sure to visit my Snake Amulet page
More amulets of Nature may be found in my Flora and Fauna page