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Blood Milk Jewels

The Messenger Part II. Crow Claw and Obsidian

$240.00

Blood Milk Jewels

The Messenger Part II. Crow Claw and Obsidian

$240.00

Inspired by the image of the 'Ball and Claw' used throughout Victorian era furniture design, this is a slightly updated take on our original and much beloved 'The Messenger' necklace. The design's roots historically come from ancient China: in myth, the Emperor's Dragon guarded a pearl or a crystal ball that was considered to be a symbol of wisdom and purity. 

I've always had a fascination with Crows. Coming from a small town near the sea, I often dealt with the presence of these birds; their dark, inky coloring, their ominous cawing heralding messages from the unseen, their seemingly otherworldliness.

In many cultures, the Crow, more so that other birds of prey because they eat carrion, have been linked to the Underworld as as liminal, supernatural creatures, living in between the realm of the natural, living world, and the realm of the unseen, of the dead, ferrying messages to and fro these earthly and spiritual planes.

Here, Crow is seen as an abstraction, all that remains is its claw, forged forever in sterling silver and clasping an obsidian point. Visually, the Obsidian point acts as the 'message'. Obsidian is ancient (first evidence of its use dates back 1.5 million years) and forms as a volcanic glass. Its rich black color and reflective surface have lent to having potent magical and divinatory uses throughout different cultures as well as having been used to form tools and cutting instruments due to its sharp edges. Metaphysically, Obsidian is a strong form of psychic protection, forming a shield against negativity, especially useful for highly sensitive people. Its also a bit of a time traveling stone, aiding in old wounds to be recognized so that healing may begin. 

Lastly, within Alchemy, the image Crow is symbolized as the first stage of the trasformative process or 'Nigredo'. This stage involved the blackening or cooking of the alchemical ingredients to begin the pathway to the final stage, or the Philosopher's Stone. Within Carl Jung's interpretation of Alchemy as an "Inner Alchemy", this first stage causes the individual to confront their Shadow Self, the start of a deep descent into a union of the conscious with the unconscious. 

The Crow claw is cast from life in sterling silver & hand oxidized to achieve my signature shade of rich, gloomy gray and hand polished to achieve a finish that reveals the intricate details of the claw, capturing the wrinkles, folds and textures of the real thing.

Paired with our signature sterling silver bar link chain, it's pictured here on Melissa and Sophi, both wearing this necklace on a 30" chain. It is also available at 16", 18" and 20" to layer with other jewels or wear as you wish.

***IMPORTANT***:

This jewel is handmade to order, just for you, with care and focus. Please allow up to 4 weeks for creation before shipping.                   

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