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Spiral Sun Pendant Necklace, Polymer Clay Petroglyph Handmade Jewelry

Item Description

Filled with ancient wonder, the DESERT SUN handmade necklace is a perfect jewelry gift for the woman who loves the petroglyph magic of the Desert Southwest.  The one of a kind necklace features an artisan handmade spiral sun polymer clay pendant with two sizes of carnelian and copper. The eye catching, rustically shaped pendant has a freehand hand carved spiral sun design on white polymer clay.  Inspired by Anasazi petroglyphs found painted on canyon walls and caves in the Four Corners area, spiral suns are a symbol of healing and also represent the natural movements and rhythms of life, the constant motion of the universe. After the pendant was cured, earthy desert colored pigments were added in three layers for an aged look. A very light coat of crystal polymer clay sealer was applied to keep the colors bright for years to come.  The backside of the pendant is also painted and inscribed with the artist’s mark, a spiral P (see photo #8). Three copper jump rings securely connect the pendant to the main body of the necklace.
Two sizes of carnelian gemstones perfectly highlight the earthy petroglyph pendant.  As you can see in the photos, the carnelian ranges in colors from dark orange to almost white.  The larger round gemstones are faceted for subtle sparkle. Between each faceted stone are a single carnelian round, separated by a small copper bead on each side, except for the last three at the back.  A copper s-clap with a raised design finishes the beautiful necklace. Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the spiraling DESERT SUN pendant necklace was created for the woman who adores talismanic petroglyph jewelry and the enchantment of the Desert Southwest.

  • Spiral sun polymer clay pendant:  app 60 mm (2.4”) x 55 mm (2.2”) x 3 mm; artisan handmade by Pati Bannister
  • Faceted carnelian rounds:  app. 12 mm
  • Sall carnelian rounds:  app. 4 mm
  • Metal:  copper
  • Clasp:  copper s-clasp with a raised design
  • Length:  app. 17.75” / 45.1 cm
  • Pendant drop:  app. 2.5” / 6.4 cm including the copper bail


***  For a better understanding of the relative size of the artisan pendant and carnelian gemstones used to create the DESERT SUN necklace, please be sure to check out photo # 6 for a size comparison with a quarter.
Spiral suns are a symbol of healing and also represent the natural movements and rhythms of life, the constant motion of the universe.  Carnelian is said to aid in understanding the inner self, helping to offset doubt and negativity. Copper is said to allow the wearer to recognize barriers in the path of personal development.

The DESERT SUN 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.  


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