Wayside Witch Pendant ✦ 30 Inch Chain ✦ The Thistle Armory Collection
“Far away and not so long ago there was a massive hedge. Was there a witch behind it? Probably. It was a mixed-up hedge. Hawthorn. Hazel. Umbels of cow parsley. And huge cotton thistles with ghostly-white stems. Nobody would dare their thorns.” - from The Book of Thistles by Noëlle Janaczewska.
As I created this piece, I immersed my mind in the sorts of places I imagine a jewel like this would exist. I dreamt of wise witches in wayside cottages, with wooden shelves lined with glass jars of plant medicine, books detailing their uses, beeswax candles, and herb bundles hanging from the rafters. Outside are thistle-filled hedgerows in a protective embrace around the grounds. Relegated to the edges of society, there thistle claims its association with the witch. Much like the witch, thistle was sentenced to death by law, and like the witch, it lives on regardless. The Wayside Witch Talisman is inspired by these connections, intended to provide protection and courage for wise women as they walk the archaic thistle path of perseverance, strength, integrity, and growth. This piece was constructed entirely by hand from sterling sheet, with the exception of the stem which was cast from a real branch. A natural amethyst hexagon sits atop the flower, held in the clutches of six prongs, meant to echo the wild thorns of thistle. The stone is illuminated by a window cut from the back of the pendant, and glows both warm and cool shades of purple depending on the light and angle. This piece hangs long and low on 30 inches of sterling chain, but can be worn shorter if desired since the clasp fits through the chain links. My maker's mark and .925 for sterling adorn the back, and the entire piece has been blackened and sanded to highlight the details and heighten the magic.
✦ Details ✦ Sterling silver. Natural amethyst. 30 inch sterling chain and clasp. Please note that due to factors such as neck and bust size, torso length, etc. a certain chain length may appear slightly longer or shorter on the model than it will on you. Pendant measures 2 5/8 inches tall. You will receive the pictured necklace.
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