Yesterday, after resolving some technical difficulties, I finished the piece below in time to wear to an event on the North Shore at a little harbor that flows into the Sound. It was a water blessing and healing ceremony commemorating the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Asian goddess of mercy, Kwan Yin, seemed appropriate to invoke. We each put little origami cranes into the water to bear our prayers for peace out to sea and as the last one swirled away out to the harbor, a single white egret rose from the adjoining marsh and flew off over our heads. For a brief moment, the world felt in perfect balance. Blessings offered, acknowledged, and returned. The circle complete.
The lovely Kwan Yin pendant on this necklace hangs right over the heart. The mussel shell pieces are collaged with gold foil candy wrapper and instructions for burn ointment in Chinese characters. On the linked chain are two vintage carnelian accent beads that are undeniably loaded with feminine energy. And the rondelle beads are the last of my stash of Peruvian opal. (At least they were sold to me as Peruvian opal - I honestly don't know what they are but I like them alot.) I don't always test drive the pieces I make, but I've got to say that this one feels incredible on.