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Viking Horse Necklace, Sleipnir Scrimshaw Onyx Norse Handmade Jewelry

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Perfect jewelry for the woman who loves horses and has more than a bit of Viking shield maiden in her, the SLEIPNIR handmade pendant necklace will surely draw attention whenever it is worn.  The one of a kind necklace features a fiercely regal looking, artisan polymer clay horse head pendant, black onyx discs and sterling silver.  The unique necklace is named after the eight-legged, stormy gray horse that the Norse god Odin always rode into battle.  Odin and Sleipnir also made frequent journeys through the Nine Worlds which were held in the branches and roots of the world-tree, Yggdrasil.  The horse head pendant was hand sculpted from off white polymer clay mimic carved bone scrimshaw.  To bring out the amazing details of the fierce face of the horse and his mane covered arched neck, a slate gray paint was added and then quickly rubbed off, leaving the paint in the recessed areas.  A bit of light brown paint was added to "age" the pendant even more.  The back of the pendant has a unique dragonscale design.  Two heavy duty sterling silver jump rings secure the pendant to the main body of the necklace.
To perfectly complement the horse head pendant, two sizes of glossy black onyx discs were used.  Five groups of three larger discs are found at the front of the necklace, each group separated by a 3 mm sterling silver bead. A fancy sterling silver melon bead then separates the larger onyx discs from the smaller ones at the back.  Eleven groupings of the smaller discs can be found on each side of the necklace, also separated by sterling silver beads.  Since the black onyx discs were hand formed, they are very similar in size and shape but there are also some slight variations.  The necklace is finished with a sleek sterling silver toggle clasp set.  Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the unique SLEIPNIR horse pendant necklace will be a wonderful gift for the woman who loves Viking mythology and regal horses.

  • Viking horse head polymer clay pendant:  app. 75 mm x 35 mm at widest (3.0” x 1.4”); artisan handmade by Nicole St. Laurent
  • Large black onyx discs:  app. 11 mm x 5 mm 
  • Small black onyx discs:  app. 6 mm x 3 mm
  • Metal:  sterling silver
  • Clasp:  sterling silver toggle clasp set
  • Length:  app. 18.25” /  46.4 cm
  • Pendant drop:  app. 3.25” / 8.3 cm including sterling jump rings

***  For a better understanding of the relative size of the horse pendant and black onyx used to create the SLEIPNIR necklace, please be sure to check out photo # 6 for a size comparison with a quarter.

Horses symbolize strength and vitality and the ability to overcome obstacles in life to pursue goals no matter what may stand on the way. Black Onyx is believed to be a powerful protective stone and brings balance to mind and body.  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 unique SLEIPNIR handmade 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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