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Womans Face Necklace, Rustic Terracotta Turquoise Handmade Jewelry

Item Description

Filled with a calming peacefulness and rustic beauty, the SITHEIL handmade necklace is a perfect gift for the woman who loves to wear one of a kind artisan jewelry, especially those that seem to harken back to more ancient times.  The fascinating necklace features a terracotta ceramic sleeping face pendant, turquoise magnesite and copper accents.  The unique, dimensional pendant is handmade from terracotta clay featuring a serene woman's face (perhaps a moon maiden?) with closed eyes (perhaps sleeping?).  Looking at the pendant, the right side of her face has a cup and ring symbol, designs that have been carved into stone and other materials since prehistoric times.  The front of the terracotta pendant was coated with a soft turquoise glaze - darker in the recessed areas than in the more pronounced areas - and then distressed to expose some of the terracotta base.  A soft gloss glaze was added to highlight the colors and give more depth to the dimensional design.  As an added bonus, the back of the pendant was left unglazed to act as an essential oil diffuser - just add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and the porous ceramic will hold the aroma for several days.  Two heavy duty copper jump rings securely fasten the pendant to the main body of the necklace.  ***Please note:  Even though the terracotta pendant is very durable, if it is dropped on a hard surface, the pendant can chip, crack or break.
Since the colors of turquoise and copper are perfect with terracotta, beautiful turquoise magnesite ovals were used to complement the tranquil face pendant.  Turquoise magnesite is naturally an off white gemstone with brown veining.  Since it takes a dye easily, it is often dyed, turquoise being a very popular color.   The turquoise magnesite used here is permanently dyed a gorgeous turquoise sky blue color with natural veining in various shades of brown in most pieces.  To add superb drape and a luscious copper glow, each piece of magnetite is separated by copper tube beads and small copper beads.  To securely fasten the necklace, a patinated copper toggle clasp set was used.  Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the SITHEIL sleeping woman’s face pendant necklace was created for the woman who adores wearing one of a kind artisan jewelry with tranquil-looking, ancient-inspired pendant.  “Sitheil” is Scots Gaelic for “peaceful.”

  • Woman’s face terracotta pendant:  app. 38 mm x 40 mm at widest (1.5” x 1.57”) artisan handmade by Sue of starspiritstudio
  • Turquoise magnesite ovals:  app. 16 mm x 8 mm (0.63” x 0.31”)
  • Metal:  copper
  • Clasp:  copper toggle clasp
  • Length:  app. 18” / 45.7 cm 
  • Pendant drop:  app. 1.75” / 4.5 including the copper jump ring bails

***  For a better understanding of the relative size of the sleeping woman pendant and turquoise magnesite used to create the SITHEIL artisan necklace, please be sure to check out photo # 6 for a size comparison with a quarter.

Terracotta ceramics symbolize the four elements needed to create it:  earth, air, fire and water.  Turquoise Magnesite is said to help turn dreams into realities; it is believed to instill peace during meditation. Copper is used to help the wearer recognize barriers in the path of personal development.

The SITHEIL 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!   
***  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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