This limited edition “Snow Moon” necklace was conceived during the February full moon. It’s part of a series of lunar inspired necklaces that I’ll be working on this year, based on moon imagery and folklore. According to the Farmers’ Almanac, various Native American tribes ascribed a different name for the moon of each month of the year; some of the names that different cultures have associated with the moon in February include: Snow Moon, Bone Moon, Wolf Moon, Hunger Moon, and Trapper’s Moon.
This necklace centers around a hand carved bone cabochon with a moon-like face. She’s surrounded with carved and faceted amethyst beads (which is the birthstone for February) as well as white moonstone, translucent white chalcedony, Swarovski crystal, faceted Czech glass and a single mother of pearl star. The silver toned beads are glass that has been electroplated with sterling silver, and the wire is sterling silver.
The neckline is comprised of white deerskin lace, which I’ve intentionally left very long. This allows you to tie it at just about any length you like, ranging from 15″ on up to 40″ (which is about bellybutton length!). Of course, you can also cut the ties shorter if you prefer. The pendant measures about 1.5″ wide by 3″ long, and the back side features a little beaded mandala of genuine amethyst and opaline glass.
This piece is eye catching all by itself, but the adjustable length also allows you to layer this piece with other necklaces for a very dramatic “boho” look.
Folkloric properties (you’re free to believe or disbelieve these tidbits as you see fit; they’re simply included because so many people wear jewelry to symbolize ideas that are special to them):
February Moon: According to the Farmer’s Almanac, “February’s full Moon is traditionally called the Full Snow Moon because usually the heaviest snows fall in February. This name dates back to the Native Americans during Colonial times when the Moons were a way of tracking the seasons. And the Native Americans were right. On average, February is the USA’s snowiest month, according to data from the National Weather Service.
Hunting becomes very difficult, and so some Native American tribes called this the Hunger Moon. Other Native American tribes called this Moon the “Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon” (Wishram Native Americans), the “No Snow in the Trails Moon” (Zuni Native Americans), and the “Bone Moon” (Cherokee Native Americans). The Bone Moon meant that there was so little food that people gnawed on bones and ate bone marrow soup.”
The month of February is also associated with the astrological signs of Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 18) and Pisces (Feb 18 – Mar 20)
Amethyst: the name is derived from the Greek word “ametusthos”, which means “not intoxicated”. Thus, it was believed to protect the wearer from drunkenness and addiction – as well as negativity and harm of all sorts. Other properties associated with this stone include the ability to soothe irritability and negative feelings, and to promote spiritual awareness.
Bone: because bone is earthy and organic, some say it corresponds to vitality, strength and life force.
Moonstone: symbolizes the moon and motherhood, benefits new beginnings, and fosters intuition and success.