Blessings from the Underworld Pendant ✦ 20 Inches ✦ Descent of Persephone Collection, Vol. VI
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At this time of year, I hold close the Greek myth of Persephone, who while out gathering flowers with her mother Demeter, was kidnapped by Hades and made his prisoner in the underworld. Distraught, Demeter abandoned her role as goddess of grain and the harvest to search for her daughter, so the crops withered and land went barren in Persephone’s absence. When begged to intervene, Zeus’s ruled that because Persephone partook in the food of the dead by eating pomegranate seeds in the underworld, there she must spend part of each year. Every fall, when Persephone makes her descent from one realm to the other, she ushers in the darker months of the year. Later, her return brings the spring. I’ve always been inspired by Persephone’s duality, by her simultaneous roles as Queen of the Underworld and harbinger of spring, by her ties to the cycle of life and death, and by her endless journeys between realms. This piece is inspired by this narrative. It is meant to provide protection on journeys both inward and outward, to serve the wearer as a talisman for moving between realms, to remind you to balance the disparities in your life, to nourish equally the dualities of your heart. It is intended as a torch in the darkness, a guide toward the light. A high quality, fiery, natural petrified wood crescent moon with split coloring echoes the swirling flames of the underworld and the balance between black and white. Three handmade oak leaves fall below, representative of gifts in the darkness and abundance in the shadows. On the center leaf sits a natural rose cut of garnet, which nods to the pomegranate seeds that sealed Persephone’s fate. This ode to myth, symbol, and season has been blackened and selectively polished to echo the mood of the myth, and my maker's mark and .925 for sterling adorn the back.
✦ Details ✦ Sterling silver. Natural garnet. 20 inches total length. Please note that due to factors such as neck and bust size, the piece may fall differently on the model than on you. The pendant measures 2 1/4 inches tall. You will receive the pictured pendant.
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