Variscite + Cedar + Mountain Laurel Necklace

Variscite + Cedar + Mountain Laurel Necklace

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 For this necklace, I gathered organics from Black Balsam Knob and centrifugally cast them into sterling silver. The stone, which reminded me of lichen, is high grade Star Fox variscite that I sourced directly from the miner/stone cutter. The mine and family who runs it are located in Tonopah, Nevada. This piece was hand fabricated in Asheville, NC.


Sleeping in the Forest

I thought the earth
remembered me, she
took me back so tenderly, arranging
her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds. I slept
as never before, a stone
on the riverbed, nothing
between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated
light as moths among the branches
of the perfect trees. All night
I heard the small kingdoms breathing
around me, the insects, and the birds
who do their work in the darkness. All night
I rose and fell, as if in water, grappling
with a luminous doom. By morning
I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better.

-Mary Oliver

Element - Earth
Astrological - Gemini, Scorpio, Taurus
Planet - Earth