I have a love/hate relationship with donut-shaped pendants. I love how they look, and they’re just a bit different. Unfortunately, they’re also not usually drilled, since they already have the opening in the middle, and that means I need to make a bail. I can make bails, but for some reason I hate doing them. So, I end up with lots of neat donut beads that sit around waiting to be used.
I’ve had this particular pendant for a few years, bought out of a mixed pendant bin at my local beading store. It’s a streaky agate of some sort, in varying shades of brown and green. It has markings etched into it, which look to me vaguely Asian without actually being text. I decided to pair it with some aragonite teardrops, which have lots of creamy swirls through them. They remind me of caramels and I just want to eat them up! I’m including two photos, one of the whole piece and a close-up of the pendant. Enjoy!
The “Tree of Life” is a motif that has appeared in numerous cultures, religions and folklore. Typically, it appears as a leafy, healthy tree with a sturdy trunk and visible roots. It has represented a variety of concepts, including wisdom, healing, purity, and the threshold between life and death. In Norse mythology Yggdrasil, the world tree, supports the nine worlds and is the focus of numerous myths.
Around a year ago Drakestail started creating our own handmade Tree of Life pendants. Inspired by the depth of meaning and the soothing, earthy appearance, I decided to create a Tree of Life pendant for myself, initially using silver-plated wire and pale green jade chips. I love how it turned out, and wear it often. I got lots of positive comments about it, as well as requests! Since then I’ve created several permutations, using aventurine, carnelian, clear quartz and rose quartz to represent the Tree in different seasons. I’ve also worked some up with copper wire, to great effect. Using gemstone chips and twisting the trunks by hand, each pendant is unique.
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