This handcrafted statement pendant features a gorgeous piece of Wild Horse Magnesite filled with swirls of cream and chocolate throughout the stone. The gem itself measures approximately 24mm x 18mm, and the setting has been made with a solid sterling silver bail, a thick sterling silver hand-sawed backing, a fine silver bezel around the stone, and sterling silver trims and ball accents. It is also complimented with an accent made from hand-stamping an arrow symbol into molten sterling silver. The pendant has then been sanded smooth, oxidised in parts for contrast and polished to a high shine. Like all my work, it is a completely unique piece made entirely by hand, using recycled silver, cruelty-free materials and environmentally-friendly methods!
Total Pendant Length: 39mm approx.
Total Pendant Width: 29mm approx.
💎 WILD HORSE MAGNESITE LORE:
Wild Horse is the name given to the stone that is actually a mixture of Magnesite and Hematite. It is a fairly new stone that was discovered in the mid-90’s near the Globe copper mine in the Gila wilderness area of southern Arizona. Wild Horse is considered to be quite rare, as there is only one known source for the stone. This, paired with it’s well regarded beauty, means that the stone retains a high value and is a remarkably popular with collectors.
In terms of properties, Wild Horse is considered to be wonderful for boosting creativity, helping with relaxation, stress and meditation, self-love and romantic love.
⇺ The Lore of the Arrow ⇻
The Arrow is a symbol drenched in history and meaning dating back at least 10,000 years. In Ancient Greek and Roman Mythology, the Sun God Apollo and his twin sister Diana (also known as Artemis; Goddess of the Moon) used arrows as their weapons of choice, signifying the light of supreme power. The god of love Eros (perhaps more commonly known as Cupid), used his arrows to make gods, heroes and common people alike fall in love.
For Native Americans, the arrow was a tool for hunting and for protection, dating back thousands of years. To them, it also symbolised the sustenance of life. In ancient times, Arabians, Chaldeans, Greeks and Tibetans also used arrows to try and tell the future, in a practice called Belomancy. To do this, they would shoot arrows into the air, attempting to read a meaning from the direction of the arrows or from their positions in relation to each other.
In modern times, there is much acceptance that arrows still carry the symbolism that has been passed down from many of these ancient cultures and practices. They are thought to signify and promote concentration, reaching goals, protection, sustenance and moving forward. Arrows pointing down are thought to symbolise peace, arrows pointing up are thought to symbolise positivity and crossed arrows are thought to represent friendship and close ties.
In creating Tales of Turquoise, I chose arrows to complement this collection because I wanted to work with a symbol that carried with it as much history and power as the Turquoise stones I was using. For me, the arrow evokes images of wide open spaces, vast deserts or mountainous ranges far from home. They also remind me of the two trips I have taken through Nevada and Arizona in the United States in the last four years, where I acquired much of the Turquoise that I used in this collection.