Shakyamuni Buddha Necklace, Rustic Copper Pearls Handmade Yoga Jewelry

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Filled with a tranquil but powerful feeling, the meaningful MEDITATION necklace is perfect jewelry to wear when you are in a contemplative mood . . . or just want to make a fabulous fashion statement.  The one of a kind yoga inspired necklace features an artisan created meditating Shakyamuni Buddha pendant with gorgeous coppery orange pearls and copper.  The stunning, rustic pendant, which looks like an ancient artefact, was created from off-white polymer clay that was molded into a serene Shakyamuni Buddha in a meditative pose within a triangle.  The fingers of his right hand are touching the earth.  This is a bhumisparsha mudra (a hand gesture during meditation) which symbolizes the Buddha's enlightenment under the bodhi tree, when he asked the earth goddess, Sthavara, to bear witness to his enlightenment.  The left hand is held flat in the lap, palm up.  The Shakyamuni Buddha is raised against the background, providing wonderful texture to the design.  The pendant was hand painted with polymer clay inks for a rich, aged look: outside the triangle a light tan with more than a hint of yellow was used, while inside the triangle a coppery orange can be found.  When the pendant was “cooked” the inks settled into the recessed areas leaving most of the body of the Buddha paler, highlighting it perfectly.  So the necklace can be worn for many. many years, the pendant was given a coating of resin for protection and to keep the colors brilliant.  As was mentioned above, the pendant has a worn rustic look with “cracks” and glazing adding great interest.  The back of the pendant is smooth and was given a pale wash of the inks.  The pendant is securely connected to the main body of the necklace with three heavy gauge copper jump rings.
To perfectly complement the Shakyamuni Buddha pendant, glowing coppery orange freshwater pearls were used.  The pearls are on the larger side and are called “potato pearls” since they aren’t perfectly round.  Most are oval shaped and have natural ridges that highlight the rustic look of the pendant.  They absolutely glow, almost like they have their own light source.  Since the number three has a spiritual symbolism in most religions, including Buddhism, three pearls separated by copper beads are found on each side of the pendant.  Then the pearls are in groups of three, separated by copper disc spacers and a copper bead.  The last group has four pearls (to add the proper length to the necklace).  An artisan handmade copper toggle clasp set securely finishes the necklace.  Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the MEDITATION necklace is a perfect gift for the woman who practices yoga and / or meditates and adores wearing one of a kind artisan jewelry.

  • Polymer clay Shakyamuni Buddha pendant:  app. 46 mm x 35 mm at widest x 7 mm (1.8” x 1.4” x 0.3; artisan handmade by Stacie Louise Smith
  • Coppery orange potato pearls:  app. 10 mm x 8 mm (0.4” x 0.31”)
  • Metal:  copper
  • Clasp:  artisan handmade copper toggle clasp set
  • Length:  app. 18” / 45.7 cm
  • Pendant drop:  app. 2.25” / 5.7 cm including the copper jump rings

***  For a better understanding of the relative size of the Buddha pendant and pearls used to create the MEDITATION artisan necklace, please be sure to check out photo # 6 for a size comparison with a quarter.

Shakyamuni is the historical Buddha, also known as Siddhartha Gautama, an enlightened one.   Pearls are used to spread loving vibrations; they are said to promote sincerity, truth and loyalty.  Copper is believed to allow the wearer to recognize barriers in the path of personal development.  


The unique MEDITATION Shakyamuni Buddha pendant 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!   
***  The jewelry in my shop is photographed outside in natural light.  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 own monitor. They may appear lighter or darker on yours.


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