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Turtle is one of my favorite of all creatures and its energy enchants me. This necklace took me three and a half years to perfect. I wanted to make it so badly that I just wouldn't give up. First I had to find a (no kill) small turtle shell that was of a perfect size - finally it happened - (a baby Red-ear Turtle shell). I cast it, then took a wax from the casting and fabricated a new wax back (to expand the overall interior volume) hence, resembling more of an Eastern Woodland Box Turtle, and then recast the whole thing - the hinging mechanism wasn't right so that took a couple more tries to perfect, but finally it was finished. Later pouches, such as the Frog and Hawk, were easier, because I had learned so much in making this one, but that's Turtle for you - slow and steady wins the race. I'm not often proud of what I do, more likely amazed, at how it happened at all, but I will say, that I am very proud of this piece.

This necklace/pouch then, has been created from a lost-wax cast (no-kill) baby Red-Ear Turtle shell cast in Sterling Silver. It was then altered on the back to resemble and Eastern Woodland Box Turtle. The back, where a Box Turtle would normally open and close has been hinged and has a snap-latch clasp. It has been elaborately enameled to resemble a tiny perfect Box Turtle shell. It has been ornamented with rare collectors beads of glass, bone and Shell. Some of the beads date to 900 a.d. Further enhancement includes Semi-precious stones and enameled Sterling Silver lost-wax cast Corn charms. It has been strung with 2mm. Pin Shell heshi and completed with Sterling Silver Cones and clasp. As with all my pieces, it has been signed and numbered.

TURTLE MEDICINE is Mother Earth. Turtle is the oldest symbol for planet Earth. It is the personification of goddess energy, and the eternal Mother from which our lives take its first breath. Turtle asks us to pay attention to the cycle of give and take, and to give back to the Mother as she has given to us. Turtle teaches us the proper use of protection: if you are bothered by the actions or words of others, it is time to go inside yourself and honor your feelings. If you are attacked, it is time to give a warning "snap". Turtle teaches us to honor the creative source within ourselves and to be grounded to the Earth, by observing all our situations with "Motherly" compassion with a pace that is slow enough to assure our thoughts and actions have harmonious conclusions.

Measurements: 1½" wide X 1¾" long and ¾" thick. Length with fringe, 3 ¼". Necklace length, 20".

Available in a limited edition.

Due to the labor-intensive handwork involved in creating this piece, please allow 4-8 weeks delivery time. If more time is required, I will contact you - thanks!