By whatever name you see these shapes (bat wings? angel wings? fans?), we can definitely say that they are unusual! Just in time for Halloween, or Samhain, our favorite Holiday!
These large Tibetan amber beads are wrapped in sterling silver and bordered by gorgeous Bali silver beadcaps, corrugated rondelles, with a small cherry amber bead at the top. As usual, this and our other earrings hang from sterling silver French hook earwires. The earrings dangle 1 1/2 inches below the earwire, and are 1 1/2 inches wide.
Amber has been used in jewelry for millenia, as it is exceedingly light, soft and easy to carve. The petrified resin of ancient conifers, amber is often shown in museums holding the enclosed bodies of insects which had crawled up the trees and become encased in the sticky resin. You can examine a modern version of amber by burning copal, the incense used in churches throughout South America - or by visiting a forest and breaking off a chunk of hardened pine resin which, by the way, makes an incredible incense to burn on charcoal!
Notably, amber has been so highly prized that one of its names is "Freya's Gold," or "Freya's Tears," from the amber necklace Brisingamen.
Amber comes in three major colors - honey amber, cognac amber, and the darkest - cherry amber.
Amber's original name is "Elektron," from the Greek, called such because rubbing amber gives it an electric charge. Try it sometime... true amber will attract tiny pieces of ash or paper. Amber is the stone of the Sun or Solar Plexus chakra, strengthening one's will and life force.
Metaphysically, amber is protective against negative thoughtforms, energizes one's vitality and lifeforce, and was used in ancient times to ward off negative or ill-meant magic, thoughts, or vibes.
All of our items are one of a kind, hand-crafted and designed with a true love of the glorious gemstones of Mother Earth. Thanks for looking, and Brightest Blessings!
Lady Pythia and Rowan WittchDoc Creations
Item ID: ABE-002