Yemaya was the ancient Goddess of the Seas in the Yoruba culture of West Africa. She was the West African equivalent of Isis, the Great Mother whose womb was the primordial sea of creation. When I traveled in the Caribbean, where this Goddess is also greatly honored, the beauty and regal bearing of many island women reminded me of Yemaya. I've crafted this pair of earrings to remember her legend.
The Yemaya series in my jewelry line was inspired by the haunting portrait of Yemaya by the gifted 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 the unforgettable portrait of Yemaya that she painted, shown in the last scan.
Beads of pure and precious Dominican larimar are the focal points - larimar is also known as the 'dolphin' or 'Atlantis' gem. This stone is found only in one place in the world, one mountain in the Dominican Republic. It is the result of ancient volcanic explosions, an incomparable lustrous tropical aquamarine-blue color. Dominican artisans call it the gemstone of Atlantis, because in Dominican island legend it was once part of that fabled lost sea empire. Yemaya is greatly reverenced on this island. Her traditional colors are blue and white.
The top beads are smooth 9 mm. irregular larimar, set in vermeil filigree beadcaps.The center gems are good quality 7mm. cultured freshwater pearls, accented with 4mm. faceted Austrian Swarovski turquoise color crystal rounds. The bottom gems are 9mm. faceted aquamarine ovals with Austrian Swarovski turquoise crystals. These are Grade A larimar, meaning that they are all blue and cream, with almost no gray or black inclusions. All these gemstones are said in folklore to produce a soothing sense of tranquility and higher spiritual awareness.
They hang from sterling silver beaded post wires and measure 2.5" total. They give a single flattering line of pure shimmery tropical colors in your ears, and feel truly magical to wear. I can make these shorter by removing the pearl section if you wish. Just email me to discuss.
Larimar is becoming increasingly expensive and difficult to find. I bought most of my larimar from my Dominican friends in New York City in the 1990s, and it is irreplaceable now. For accurate information on this remarkable gem, please check out Dominican Republic websites: this stone is uniquely theirs.
All metals used are sterling silver. All gems and Austrian Swarovski crystals used are genuine.
Feel like an ancient Goddess of the Sea in these lovely, magical and very feminine earrings!
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