Hand-Forged Sleeping Beauty Turquoise "Cosmic Cross" Pendant Necklace, Sterling Silver
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From the ancient Celts, Greeks, Hopi and others, humans have sought answers to the mysteries of life. The cross, in its many forms, has been a symbol of a connection to Source and to balance in one's life. For the Celts, the "equal armed" cross represented the meeting place of the Divine energies. For the Greeks, it was an emblem of the four elements (earth, wind, fire and water). For Native Americans and in the ancient Middle East, each bar represented a direction (north, south, east, west) and the four winds.
In this one-of-a-kind creation, I tried to capture the beauty of the American Southwest by using a Sleeping Beauty Turquoise cabochon. I cut sheet sterling silver into an equal-armed cross, fabricated and soldered the bezel and set the stone. I created texture by hammering a design on the outer edge of each arm, giving the entire piece a rustic look. Finally, I punched a hole and hung the pendant from a sterling silver rolo chain that closes with a lobster claw clasp. The cross pictured is approximately 1-inch by 1-inch and hangs from a 16-inch chain but you can select an 18-inch chain if you prefer.
The Sleeping Beauty Turquoise cabochon came from the Arizona Sleeping Beauty mine that is now closed, but which is known around the world for its exquisite sky-blue Turquoise.
Turquoise is associated with the Throat (5th) Chakra and is considered a master energy stone. It connects the energy of sky with earth, bringing together male and female energies. Any stone associated with the Throat Chakra is also helpful with speaking one's truth.
► All of my jewelry is handmade by me in the USA.
✥ Authentic Sleeping Beauty Turquoise cabochon, approx. 8mm
✥ .925 sterling silver sheet metal, chain and lobster clasp; fine silver bezel
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