For thousands of years, the Divine Feminine - also known as the Goddess - has been associated with the Moon. The waxing, full and waning phases of the Moon have been associated since the most ancient times with the Maiden, Mother, and Wise Crone aspects of the Divine Feminine.
The Wise Crone plays a vital part in enriching the community with her hard-earned wisdom and humor. She is past menopause, or going through it. She has seen much of life, good and bad, and is not easily surprised anymore. She speaks her mind much more readily than she did as a young woman. She has experienced and endured far more than she ever thought she had the strength for, and she has survived.
I've crafted these new earrings to honor the Wise Crone. All black gems, moonstone, quartz crystal and silver have all been associated with the Divine Feminine in her Wise Crone aspect since very ancient times. The focal points are the very fine quality briolettes of tourmalinated quartz, which is quartz crystal with needle-like inclusions of black tourmaline. They measure 13mm., a large size for this gemstone.
They are showcased in the style that I developed in the late 1990s, a large focal pendant accented with a cluster of smaller gems. The accenting gems are: 4mm. faceted rondelles of mystic-coated rainbow moonstone (the scan did not capture all the blue flash); 4mm. faceted rondelles of rutilated quartz (natural quartz crystal with naturally occurring inclusions of black "needles" inside, this time from rutile (titanium ore), and a perfect complement to the tourmalinated quartz; 4mm. smooth round Mongolian jet. I've added 4mm. faceted rondelles of garnet and 6mm. faceted rounds of genuine and untreated ruby for a splash of color, and to suggest the lifeblood of women. The 6mm. faceted ruby rounds also hang from the tops of the hammered sterling silver oval pendants.
They are all wired on sterling silver-filled wire and accented with tiny sterling silver-filled beads. The earrings hang from sterling silver French hooks and include rubber stoppers for security. I can change the French hooks to sterling silver leverbacks at no charge if you prefer. They measure a total of 2.25" long, and 1 & 5/8" long without the wires.
Pay tribute to the Wise Crone and her precious wisdom in these unusual earrings, my Lady. Perhaps you are a Wise Woman yourself........
These earrings were partly inspired by the compelling painting of the ancient Greek Goddess Hekate by artist Sandra Stanton of Goddessmyths. She has painted remarkable renditions of Goddesses from cultures throughout the world. My sincere thanks to Ms. Stanton for allowing me to use her name, and her unforgettable portrait of Hekate shown in the last scan. Hekate is the archetype for the Wise Crone, whose heart has room for all her creatures, and who holds the torch of light that symbolizes her wisdom.
All metals used are sterling silver and sterling silver-filled, and all ruby, garnet, jet, mystic rainbow moonstone, tourmalinated quartz and rutilated quartz are genuine.
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