Monday, September 13, 2010

Double Duty

The necklace base of this piece may look familiar, I created it to feature a fabulous gutta percha locket.

But that piece will only be worn a few times a year, with my 1860's ensembles and it just seemed a shame it would sit in a drawer the rest of the time.

So I decided I really needed to create an alternative pendant for the base and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. I started with a brass medallion, added a beaded bezel and a bit more embellishment.

It's quite versatile, working with both casual and dressier outfits; modern but with a just a touch of vintage style.

According to Native tradition, the Heron brings messages of self-determination and self-reliance. They represent an ability to progress and evolve. The long thin legs of the heron reflect that an individual doesn't need great massive pillars to remain stable, but must be able to stand on one's own. In Egypt the heron is considered the creator of light. In China the heron is a symbol of strength, purity, and long life.