Moss Agate Dreamcatcher Necklace
This OOAK necklace is quite the statement piece. It is made entirely of sterling silver, with the back of the base cut out to allow the sun to shine through the many flowing layers of the Moss Agate. Agate is Louisiana's state mineral, although this particular piece is Moss Agate, which did not come from Louisiana, but is the perfect stone to represent the swamp.
Moss Agate finds itself a very useful stone to harness in the swamp. As for locationally beneficial, Moss Agate was considered the most powerful of medicines, healing wounds, clearing out poisons, and protecting against venomous reptiles…something found throughout the swamps. It also is a stone that promotes plant growth and health. The Native American Indians used Moss Agate as a power stone, and it has been successfully used in cloud-busting and aiding the weather patterns to reach ultimate equilibrium. As for a personal totem Moss Agate is extremely beneficial as a body strengthener in times of stress. Its steady energies aid those who feel unstable or ungrounded. It is an excellent stone for convalescing after illness, or in recovery from addictions. It enhances mental concentration, persistence and endurance. It is a stone for new beginnings.
Surrounding the agate, the serrated bezel is lined with twisted rope wire, with seven hand formed beads at the base. At the base of the pendant, handmade jump rings hold onto three hand cut dangles that move as you do. These dangles are made of sterling silver that I hand rolled snakeskin into, that I found naturally shed along the Bayou Coquille trail. Two handmade jump rings give the pendant a stable rest on a sterling silver chain. This piece was lastly given a light patina, to give them it antiqued appearance, and set in wax and cypress oil, for a final touch of connection to the swamp.
DetailsThis necklace is a OOAK piece of art.
The Sterling Silver chain measures 9 1/2" from the clasp at the neck to the pendant.
The pendant itself measures 2" tall and 1 1/4" wide.
It measures 3 3/4" tall from the top of the jump rings, to the longest dangle.
The Southwestern Swamp Collection is an ode to the nature and mindset that inspires and drives me. In the simplest terms, an utter and most important connection to the environment around you. I have made myself a home in the swamp lands in New Orleans, Louisiana. Even in the city, nature is reclaiming what man has built, and we are constantly reminded by buildings overgrown in green vines, walls of cemetery tombs with ferns creeping out from every crack. Nature has been before us, and will continue after us. This collection is inspired by a culture who has always been aware of our connection to nature, as well as the nature I've chosen to call home. As with all of my jewelry, from day one until I cease to create, I work with as much found natural material as possible. Whether its disregarded oyster shells (Louisiana's state gemstone), or using impressions of dried fern leaves or naturally shed snakeskin found in the swamp. The only stones from this collection that have been purchased (as will any piece purchased as the collection grows in size) have been locally, from the area where these Louisiana stones are most often found, from family run shops. Support for my environment is the most important principle. That being said, a donation will be made to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, or another local wetland/wildlife cause, from any pieces sold from this collection at the end of each month.
The preserve's website is as follows: