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The Afterlife Tomb. Hummingbird skulls and Labradorite.

$220.00

Bloodmilk

The Afterlife Tomb. Hummingbird skulls and Labradorite.

$220.00

Inspired by a merging of the Afterlife series with the Crystal Tomb series, this necklace features a 10mm Labradorite pyramid cradled by two sterling silver hummingbird skulls. Both collections are inspired by a deep loss I experienced in 2008 after the sudden passing of my father. As a way to seek comfort from my seemingly bottom-less grief, I became interested in how jewelry can take on the feel of a kind of psychic armor. 

 

Here, the hummingbird sentinels represent the afterlife, cradling the pyramid with a protective stance.The hummingbird is known as the only bird that can fly backwards as well as forwards, suggesting a kind of time traveling or extra sensory ability other birds as symbols lack. Birds in general are often associated with having a place in both the earthly world as well as the spirit world, making them sensitive to death and higher consciousness. 

Being relegated to the Western hemisphere only, the hummingbird turns up in native and Aztec lore and myth. The Aztecs wore hummingbird fetishes as emblems of strength, and for the image of their sharp beaks, symbolic of bloodletting and piercing. The image was carved onto the shoulders of priests, and hummingbirds were also considered to be reincarnated warriors. This idea is often found in other cultures and thus the hummingbird is often associated with containing the spirits of those who have crossed over.

The pyramid shape of the stone suggests a tomb, a burial place where the ancient Egyptians laid their Pharaohs to rest. The design was suggestive of the descending rays of the sun and suggested a sort of stairway for the buried dead to ascend into the heavens Pyramids are also symbolically linked with the primordial mound from which the Egyptians believed the earth was created, having arisen from the lifeless waters of Chaos. 

Growing up I had a lot of Labradorite jewelry, given to me for their helping properties, in particular for their ability to relieve anxiety & melancholy. It is also said to be used to dispel negativity & fear, acting as a kind of psychic armor to more troubling & turbulent emotions. As a 'sister' to moonstone, Labradorite is often associated with the more "darker" aspects of the Goddess, in her Crone form, full of the experience & wisdom of life and death, associated with the darker moon: waning through new moon phases.
It is also a stone of transformation, and is said to help those with intuitive gifts to awaken and realize their full potential as well as helping enhance creative talents. It also ranks as one of the most protective stones, shielding its wearer from negativity. Much like its 'sister' moonstone, Labradorite has been used and worn in many cultures and tribes for both its incredible natural beauty, and for its potent magical properties.

 

****Please note that Labradorite is a natural stone so clarity and color will vary from stone to stone. Labradorite has natural lines and inclusions and varies in shades of green to shades of blue. If you have any concerns over the stone that will be randomly chosen for you ring, please contact me after purchase and i will help you. ***

 

The Hummingbirds measure 1 3/4 inches wide and 1 inch long. The necklace is pictured here on a 16" chain and is also available on an 18" chain.

 

If you are interested in a longer chain, please contact me and I will help you.

 

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***This is handmade to order, just for you! Please allow 3-4 weeks for creation and shipment.

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