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Blood Milk Jewels

The Oracle: Crow Claw

$260.00

Blood Milk Jewels

The Oracle: Crow Claw

$260.00

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 a 'real' disc of convex magnifying glass. This spy glass acts as a symbol for ways of seeing and "looking closer". Magnifying lenses, in theory, enable the small things we are unable to see clearly, be shown with more clarity by being enlarged when placed beneath the glass. While the piece is fully functional as an object, as a talisman it urges its wearer to look closer, to seek the unseen, whether that be examining our feelings and our unconscious with a deeper gaze, our turning our sights to others, to recognize and understand the struggle of our friends, peers and community, to foster a deeper sense of empathy. 

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.

This pendant stands 3.5 inches tall and is 1.75 inches at its widest, suspended from your choice of a 30 inch sterling silver bar link inch chain { pictured on Melissa } or 34 inch bar link chain to more easily layer with other jewels. 

Please note this listing is for *one* crow claw oracle necklace, which is the larger of the two. Pictured is the smaller, starling claw oracle necklace for size reference while deciding.

***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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