Corvus Corax: Creative, imaginative and superior in problem solving, this bird has been revered in myth and legend for centuries.
Among the Norse, Raven banner standards were carried by Jarls of Orkney, King Canute the Great of England, Norway and Denmark, and Harald Hardrada.
Symbolic to the Celts the goddess Morrígan alighted on the hero Cú Chulainn’s shoulder in the form of a raven after his death. Bran the Blessed translates to “raven whose head was buried in the White Hill of London as a talisman against invasion. Of the Tlingit and Haida cultures, the Raven was both a Trickster and Creator god; revered as one of Morgana’s messengers. Even in Edger Allen Poe’s famous poem it is a harbinger of thought provoking tidings.
In my collection of jewelry, I have created a Pair of Ravens flying across the sky, wings resting on the wind.
1 1/4″ by 7/8″ Available in Sterling silver.
If you want one please visit my Raven Earrings Page.
Over the years, folks have asked me for more Drum Jewelry, perhaps a special collection of drum themed pieces. In response to the requests, I have put together the Djembe Collection.
Capturing the fire of the Drum circle at the bell of the Djembe, flames lick up the front and the hands themselves form a tongue of flame. This amulet is one and a quarter inch tall, carved as a relief including the knots used to tune the drum: the diamonds, rings and the left over flaps of the goat skin for a drum head. A bail is placed behind the amulet to be worn on the provided chain. Different lengths are available as an option.
Accompanying this amulet are two tiny Djembes as earrings, these are only a quarter inch tall yet solid little drums with a bit of weight. Suspended on Shepard’s hook earrings.
The Djembe Collection is for anyone who loves rhythm: musicians, drummers, dancers and those who appreciates the Drum Circle.
A few years ago I created Jewelry for Isaac Bonewits.
He developed renderings of several designs and sent them to me for his special line of Jewelry.
One of them is the Awen.
In his words:
“The sign of “the Three Rays” is used by members of the United Ancient Order of Druids, the Ancient Order of Druids, the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids, and many other followers of Druidry. It can be seen as symbolizing Sky Father Energy in balance with the Earth Mother energy of the Druid Sigil, as well as any of a thousand other sets of three ideas.”
Now I have created a new version of his design: the Awen Earrings.
The Awen Earrings
A wreath of oak leaves,
three staves emanating from three Acorns.
The bail from which to hang the amulet is also an oak leaf
curled to hold a jump ring for a Shepard’s hook earring.
When Isaac was still with us he traveled with the amulets
and his books and other items;
he even created a special portion of his website to feature the work.
Since his passing into the Summerland
I have continued to produce his line for him.
For each piece purchased Isaac’s Widow receives a royalty
to help through difficult times
and encourage in efforts to promote good will and clarity to the world.
To learn more about Isaac Bonewits,
his writings and his schedule of lectures and workshops,
you may visit his website.
To learn more about Isacc’s Awen Earrings,
please visit my web-page featuring the Awen Earrings
These tiny drums are perfect for the drum enthusiast who wants a very subtle pair of earrings.
Only a quarter inch tall,
these tiny Djembes holds the texture of the big ones:
wood, tiny ropes and a drum head being played by very small hands.
One of the playing hands resolves into a loop
for hanging on the earring Shepard’s hook,
may be tied to your drum as a reminder of the Rhythms of the Drum circle,
a favorite event.
This tiny charm is available in Silver and Bronze.
Gold prices upon request.
please visit my Djembe Earrings page
A Tradition of Wicca known as the Faery have adopted the seven point star as their symbol. In honor of this recent branch of the Neo Earth Religions, I have created a smaller, more “stylized piece” called The Faery Star Earrings.
The Faery Star is based on Faeids called Faeidism (or Faeidry) which consists of the rites, rituals, practices, and wisdom of those who live a path in life seek to be in touch with the Faery realm. Faeids commonly wear the Faery Star or Elven Star (seven points) as their symbol. This is a seven-pointed Star believed to be given to humanity by the Fae representing the connection to the world of Faerie so that they may recognize each other.
These earrings are 11/16” (or 18mm +/-) with a tighter weave in the center than my Heptagram Amulet, giving it a more organic feel, perhaps the kind of star a Faery would make, light weight and partially domed, a deep carving, framed in a circle and include Shepard hook Earring findings. Available in Sterling silver, gold prices on request.
To order your Faery Star Earrings, please visit my Faery Star Earrings Page
Brand New from Amulets by Merlin! An entire set for the Music Lover: the universal symbol of Music for singers, musicians and lovers of the musical arts: The Treble Clef Collection from Amulets by Merlin.
A pendant and earrings of the Treble Clef to adorn the musician in your life. More about the Treble Clef is written in my earlier blog (the pendant and earrings are available separately). This set is perfect for your favorite performer of the musical arts, or perhaps your music teacher as a “thank you” for patiently teaching you what the treble clef is!
One inch tall, these three dimensional Treble Clef Earrings have a bail behind the top loop. These small pieces are a great way to celebrate your love for music! Available in a variety of chain length to customize your music collection. Whether you play an instrument, sing, or simply love music; the Treble Clef Earrings are perfect for the music lover in your life.
Brand New from Amulets by Merlin! A pair of earrings celebrating the universal symbol of Music for singers, musicians and lovers of the musical arts!
A clef ( a french word meaning key) is a musical symbol used to indicate the pitch of written notes. Placed on one of the lines at the beginning of the staff (five lines stacked upon each other), indicates the name and pitch of the notes on that line. This line serves as a reference point by which the names of the notes on any other line or space of the staff may be determined.
The Treble Clef’s curl wraps around the second line up on the staff indicating G above middle C, most commonly used in the staff for piano. It is one of three kinds of clef used in modern music notation: F, C, and G.
One inch tall, these three dimensional Treble Clef Earrings have a bail behind the top loop. These small pieces are a great way to celebrate your love for music! Whether you play an instrument, sing or simply love music, the Treble Clef Earrings are perfect for the music lover in your life.
I wrote earlier about the Triquetra Amulet and Earrings: simply meaning “triangle”; Triquetra refers to a variety of three-cornered shapes and evolved into a symbol of depth. This Celtic three cornered knot represents three-in-one: the Trinity.
To augment the Triquetra Knot I have added a woven circle: The Unity of the Trinity, the Circle of Love unifies all.
To combine the Amulet with matching earrings, I have created: the Merlin’s Triquetra Collection. Now you may order the entire set and added the option of your desired length of chain. The Triquetra Collection are for those who cherish what the idea of the Trinity in any of its forms: The love of family, their religion, the earth itself, or simply find the shape of the triangle pleasing to their eye.
I wrote earlier about the Triquetra Amulet: simply meaning “triangle” and has been used to referred to a variety of three-cornered shapes but has been evolved into a symbol of depth. To accompany the Amulet, I have created a set of earrings of the same design: the Triquetra Earrings.
Added to the Triquetra is a woven circle: The Unity of the Trinity, the Circle of Love unifies all. The Triquetra Earrings are for those who cherish the Trinity in any of its forms: The love of family, their religion, the earth itself, or simply find the shape of the triangle pleasing to their eye.
The Om is a combinations of the first and last letter of the Sanskrit alphabet. In “western terms” it may be considered the “Alpha and Omega” and actually has similar meanings: it encompasses the first and last sounds, ideas, manifestations of all things. Unlike the Greek equivalent, it dose not refer simply to the first and last, it encompasses everything in between.
In previous blogs I have gone into detail as to more perspectives of the Om (Aum): featuring the pendant and earrings I have created based on this symbol.
I am pleased to announce Merlin’s Om Collection: you may purchase the Amulet and earrings as a set with the option to have a chain included (extra) in your choice of length. The ancient Sanskrit glyph “Om” featured in this collection encompasses all things . This set is for those who wish to be reminded of and/or harness the depth of this “simple” symbol.