Running Horse Petroglyph Necklace, Brown Amazonite Shell Ceramic Southwest Handmade Jewelry

Item Description

Evoking the other worldliness of the Desert Southwest and the haunting beauty of ancient petroglyphs, the RUNNING FREE handmade horse pendant necklace is a whimsical, timeless beauty.  The focal of the one of a kind horse necklace is an amazing artisan created ceramic pendant with a running horse against an aged slate grey “rock face.”  The horse is etched into the pendant for a textural 3-D effect and was hand painted in a rich brown with a black mane and tail.  The pendant was glazed and then fired many times for a depth of color and for strength.  It is is signed on the back by the artist.  A lead free pewter bail connects the pendant to the main body of the necklace.


Because brown amazonite contains swirling patterns that resemble many of the rock formations and hoodoos in the Desert Southwest, ten amazonite puffed rectangles were used to mimic the rocks.  Each gemstone is a miniature masterpiece of Mother Nature with colors ranging from pale beige through rusty browns, bits of pale blue-green and black.  As an added bonus, a few of the rectangles have small druzy crystal inclusions.  Separating the brown amazonite rectangles are pale orangey-beige shell heishe and rich reddish brown Czech glass beads.  Small sterling silver beads separate each different element from its neighbor.  A twisted rope design sterling silver toggle clasp set finishes the necklace perfectly.  Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the RUNNING FREE handmade horse pendant necklace was created for the woman who loves horse, loves the Southwest and/or loves unique, artisan jewelry.  



  • Running horse ceramic pendant:  app. 35 mm x 25 mm (not including the bail)
  • Brown amazonite rectangles:  app. 18 mm x 8 mm x 5 mm
  • Shell heishe:  app. 5 mm x 3 mm (some a bit wider, some a bit narrower)
  • Brown Czech glass beads:  app. 4 mm x 3 mm
  • Metal:  sterling silver and pewter (bail)
  • Length:  app. 19” / 48.3 cm
  • Pendant drop:  app. 1.5” / 3.8 cm, including the bail



For a better understanding of the relative size of the horse pendant and the other elements used to create the RUNNING FREE handmade necklace, please be sure to check out photo #5 for a size comparison with a quarter.

The horse has long been a symbol of power to most cultures and is linked as an emblem of a strong life-force; they are believed to help overcome obstacles in life to pursue goals no matter what may stand on the way.  Amazonite is thought to help improve clarity of thought & social interactions; it enhances communications concerning love.  Shell is believed to stimulate intuition, sensitivity, imagination and adaptability.  Glass carries the energies of transformation, rebirth and communication.  Pewter is believed to be very grounding, bringing the wearer back to reality.  Silver is a metal of love and healing; it is a mirror to the soul, helping us to see ourselves as others see us.

The RUNNING FREE handmade artisan necklace was carefully designed and handmade in a dog friendly, smoke free studio.  The necklace will come with two informational drop tags: one with the piece's name; the other lists the materials used in the necklace and the language of the stones and metals. It will be carefully packed in an organza jewelry bag, perfect for gift giving to a loved one . . . or to yourself!


***Please be aware that not all computer monitors show colors exactly the same. The colors of the components used to create each piece of jewelry are extremely close to the actual color on my monitor. They may appear lighter or darker on yours.



Beautifully Unique Handmade Jewelry

for the Discerning Woman


N2130 - 01-18-17



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