Ravens and crows are celebrated – and vilified – in myth and folklore around the world. In the Pacific Northwest, Native people celebrate the raven as a benevolent bringer of light who takes pity upon mankind. Some North American tribes view these birds as tricksters, and others fear them as dark spies. In Celtic mythology, the Morrigan is a battle goddess who takes the form of a crow, and in Norse myth, the great God Odin keeps a pair of ravens as companions and advisors.
Regardless of which folklore you prefer, there is no denying that these birds are as beautiful as they are intelligent. They’re abundant here in Washington state, and they have always inspired and amused me. This dramatic statement necklace celebrates and honors these mythic birds:
It centers around a large grey labradorite stone with subtle iridescent flashes of gold, green and blue. The stone is set in a hand stitched bezel of glass seed beads. Dangling from the focal stone is a tooled leather feather in charcoal black with washes of metallic pewter. The feather is accented with silver leaf chain and semiprecious stones, including rutilated quartz, rainbow obsidian, and a “mystic” titanium quartz crystal in metallic silver.
The stone is about 2″ x 2″, including the beadwork; the beads and feather dangle just over 4″ below, for a total pendant length of about 6″. The cabochon is backed with soft garment leather. It hangs from an understated gunmetal colored chain, which is accented with moonstone and rainbow obsidian beads with nice play of light effects. The chain is adjustable, from about 16.5″ – 20″, allowing you to wear it shorter – with the stone resting at the base of the throat – or at a longer, matinee length.