Inspired by my 'Crystal Tomb' series in which cast sparrow and starling claws hold pyramid shaped quartz and obsidian, the mini Nyx necklace features two sparrow claws cradling a stunning "full moon" rose cut moonstone.
Named after Nyx, the Greek Goddess, (in some tales the Titan) of Night or Darkness, this piece speaks to the themes in my 'Belonging to the Darkness' ring series. Born of Chaos, Nyx is also associated with having powers of prophecy and gives oracles. In other tales, she is associated with being at the cusp of creation and is the mother of Sleep (Hypnos), Death (Thanatos) as well as the three Fates. As a figure cloaked in mystery, she represents all aspects of darkness, the fertile, life giving aspects, as well as the more shadowy ones. The "full moon" moonstone illuminates the darker aspects of night and adds a potent talismanic quality to the piece.
Moonstone is one of my absolute favorite natural stones, and as its name suggests, it is closely tied to the moon, with some cultures believing the stone is solidified moon rays, while others think of it as the embodiments of the moon's tears. Acting as a kind of armor, it is thought to protect its wearer from dark times, as it helps sooth grief, loss, and other emotional turbulence. It is also a great tool for meditation and clairvoyance, & has been used in jewelry since ancient times for both its unique beauty, and magical qualities. As a romantic stone: moonstone is thought to keep the passion alive between lovers when one gives it to another, especially during a full moon.
Moonstone is a natural stone and therefore has qualities that differ from stone to stone. These are milky rose cut domed moonstones, with natural inclusions and have brilliant flashes of shades of blue, teal and gold. If you are concerned about the stone I will use for your special piece, please contact me after purchase and I will work with you.
The highly detailed sparrow claws are much smaller than the larger version of this necklace, & here they appear to hold the stone "tighter". A sterling bezel frame holds the moonstone so both the domed front and smooth back are viewed, allowing the stone to "breathe". Entirely made in sterling silver, the piece is paired with my signature bar link chain, and oxidized to my favorite shade of gloomy gray, and polished to highlight the silver underbelly, revealing all the amazing details of the claws. The small design of this necklace makes it ideal to layer with larger and longer pieces.
The pendant is 1.05 inches wide (26.7mm) at its widest & stands 1.28 inches tall (32.7mm).
The moonstone is 15mm (0.59 inch) round.
The chain length is 16" long in the images.
*This design is forthcoming in rose cut Labradorite and Onyx. If interested in either of these versions, please contact me for more info and pre-sale.
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***This is handmade to order, just for you! Please allow 3-4 weeks for creation and shipment.
Please understand that the color & flash of each stone will vary, however each one will possess these beautiful qualities that this stone is known for.