The Moss Agate Dreamcatcher Earrings /// DIAMOND
The Dreamcatcher Earrings are quite the show stoppers. They are the earrings I designed for my first release as a silversmith in the spring of 2015, even before SSH was a brand. Then, they returned in Moss Agate for my first Silver Stallion Collection that following fall. They've maintained being one of the most requested pieces ever since, but I only make them once in a blue moon, when I find the right stones and feel the pull to create some healing swamp magic.
These OOAK earrings are 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 I actually accquired in New Mexico, 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. Native Americans 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 diamond shaped piece of agate, the bezel is lined with twisted rope wire, and three hand formed beads. At the base of the earring pendants, handmade jump rings hold onto three hand cut dangles that move as you do. These dangles are made of sterling silver that I've hand rolled snakeskin into, that I found naturally shed along the Bayou Coquille trail. The earring hooks are handmade made for standard ears, in 18g sterling silver wire. The earrings were lastly given a light patina, to give them an antiqued appearance, and set in wax and cypress oil, for a final touch of connection to the swamp.
The Moss Agate cabachons measure 7/8" tall and 7/8" wide. The complete earrings measure just over 1" across at their widest point, and 2" from the base of the earring hook, to the bottom of the longest dangle. Each earring weighs roughly .27 oz/7.3 g.