Owachomo Spirit Beads + Prayer + Meditation + Contemplation + Desert Earth + Designer Jewelry

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Owachomo Spirit Beads + Prayer + Meditation + Contemplation + Desert Earth + Designer Jewelry

475.00

Colors and textures of the high desert Southwest come together with artifacts and amulets in this inviting set of Spirit Beads

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:: Owachomo :: Spirit Beads ::

+++ Contains Fossil Mammoth and Walrus Ivory: For US Domestic Sale Only +++

An open strand of beads with a cluster of talismans at each end to be held in the hand, created for grounding in the present moment, contemplation, prayer and meditation.  As with all of my pieces, this is also keyed for accessing the energies of the new Earth paradigm and the evolutionary energies at work in the world today.  This strand is a warm and inviting composition of high desert hues, artifacts, ancient ivory, fossils, and ancient, antique and handmade beads linking you to the peace and healing earth of the Southwest.  The fossils that are included lend a sense of deep time and a long perspective, which in itself can be very balancing.

About Spirit Beads:

I have been making Spirit Beads for over a decade now, and they remain one of my favorite things to do. These long hand-held strands are created as way to enable you to access the energies of the Earth and our spiritual next step together with the planet.  By meditating with, holding, wearing, or simply gazing at the beads, they help you access the new paradigm of higher consciousness that is available to all of us, here and now.  They're made to give you something physical to touch, to remind you that these new energies are to be expressed in our physical lives as we live them...as unconditional love, interdependence and goodwill.  Having something you can hold that is a connection to the new energies of spiritual consciousness can be extremely helpful.  You can also use these beads for centering, to calm and refocus after a busy day, as well as for meditation, prayer, and ceremony.  What I love about Spirit Beads is that you are free to create your own way of being with them.  There's no right or wrong way to engage with them or their energy...just play with, enjoy them, and allow it to flow to you naturally.   

This open-ended "shawl" style was originally created by contemporary prayer bead artisan Eleanor Wiley, who has traveled the world teaching others how to make and use their own prayer beads. Eleanor's work was a great inspiration to me in the early days of jewelry designing and continues to be so today.  I will include an information sheet with this set that will give you some suggestions as to how to use them.

These Spirit Beads work mainly as a hand-held strand of meditation beads, but will also work as a large, ceremonial necklace.  You can wear them in an open-ended fashion, as shown in the photo of the mannequin, to make a magnificent cascade of beads.  They also look lovely kept on your home altar, coffee table, nightstand, or even hung on the wall...any place where they will invite you to pick them up, and easily come to hand.  I have several sets of Spirit Beads and keep them on my mannequin or on the walls so I can always see them. They help bless and energize my workspace and home.

The Amulets:

Large fragments of polished fossil walrus ivory are on each end.  These come from St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, where they are dug only by the native Yupik people from old village sites.  One of the pieces is curiously shaped and must be an artifact remnant of some kind; I have had it in my bowl of ivory for several years.  Another piece is a tooth, either from a seal or a walrus.  The patina and colors on these pieces are rich and very beautiful.  

With these I have a copper metal clay talisman that was molded from sandstone beneath Owachomo Bridge in Natural Bridges National Monument in SE Utah.  This beautiful and delicate stone bridge is like a portal to other worlds.  Also made by me is a polymer Bird Goddess embedded with desert sand from around the Southwest.  The Bird Goddess was a universally powerful presence in ancient times.  A found pebble has been transformed into a Pueblo style dragonfly representing healing and transformation by native artist Pete Sohappy of Galisteo, New Mexico.  A deer bone represents essence.  I created the bronze amulet by impressing raw bronze clay with an antique henna stamp from India: a connection to a culture that still worships the Divine Feminine.

Each talisman is suspended from a hammered and oxidized brass, bronze or sterling link, some of which are beaded, or from beaded deerhide fringe.  Rings hold the links: one was excavated in eastern Europe and the other is made from fused fine silver hammered on desert rock.

The Beads:

An ancient Pre-Columbian spindle whorl from South America stands out on the strand.  With it are Pre-Columbian shell  beads, ancient African agate and carnelian, and fossil ivory.  More fossils include criniod, raw Baltic amber, brachiopod, and stegodon bone.  Also here are Chinese turquoise, antique mother-of-pearl rosary beads, raw brown tourmaline crystals, coyote bone, Czech glass, wood and bone mala beads, abalone, copper, bone, etched agate, African Yoruba brass, pearl, ancient Bactrian glass, Nepal conch shell, and more.  The several painted clay beads were made by Taos artist Georgia Neumann.  I made the two polymer faux bone beads and the bronze tube, which was molded from soaptree yucca bark from White Sands, New Mexico.  The spacers are aged Picasso finish Czech glass.

The strand was strung on durable medium-weight beading wire (stainless steel fibers coated with nylon), and wherever possible I lined beads with larger holes with glass seed beads to help them sit better on the strand.  This protects the beads and improves the lifetime of the piece, and also improves the way the strand feels when it is worn and held in the hand.

SIZE: The strand measures 51" end to end. 

CARE:  Because of the mammoth ivory, fossils, organic, and clay elements, handle this set with care.   Wipe the beads with a soft, damp cloth if you wish to clean them.

PRESENTATION: These Spirit Beads will arrive beautifully giftwrapped. See the shop policies below for details.

++ Shipping is included in the price. ++

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