This mixed media “Owl and Moonstone” necklace is part of a series of lunar inspired jewelry that I’ve been working on. It’s a mixed media piece, featuring a hand carved leather pendant of an owl in flight. The owl is set in a hand sewn beaded bezel of glass seed beads in shades of matte copper, bronze and sand. Dangling from her wingtip is a faceted Ethiopian Welo Opal teardrop briolette, accented with a single faceted Mexican jelly opal bead.
The neckline is accented with white and pink moonstone beads, as well as bone, copper, and rutilated quartz on an antique copper chain. The chain is adjustable from 15″ on up to 25.5″, so you can wear it up high like a choker or dangling low. There’s a 7″ stretch of the neckline that can be unclasped from the rest of the necklace, so that you can wear this section separately as a bracelet. The pendant portion measures approximately 3″ long by 1.75″ wide at the tallest and widest points. It’s an extremely versatile piece, with a lot of options for how to wear it.
The necklace and bracelet fasten with lobster claw clasps in antique copper, and the owl is backed with soft deerskin leather.
Owl: as nocturnal beings, owls are often associated with the moon and the night, as well as dreams, femininity and intuition. Owls are associated with the goddess Athena, and they’re believed to represent wisdom and female warrior energy. Other superstitions and stories consider the owl a messenger, often associated with death and the afterlife.
Moonstone: believed to symbolize the moon and motherhood, benefits new beginnings, and fosters intuition and success.
Opal: the October birthstone is said to contain the fire of the human spirit. Some cultures saw it as a symbol of hope, while others believed that it could impart beauty to the wearer.
Rutilated Quartz: is said to be “an illuminator for the soul”, balancing worries and protecting the wearer from negativity. This stone is believed to assist with letting go.
Bone: because bone is earthy and organic, some say it corresponds to vitality, strength and life force.
Copper: is said to facilitate mental agility and quick wit, conducting energy and assisting communication and synchronicity.