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SUSTENANCE

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Sterling silver and onyx pendant on onyx and turquoise beads:
$1,025 + shipping, handling, and insurance

The Three Sisters, corn, beans, and squash, were gifts of the spirits to sustain the People. But the spirits also provide sustenance in other ways. The Corn Maidens are sustenance personified: They bring gifts of rain, and food, and with them, abundance.

The Corn Maidens, of course, are female kachinas, and as enigmatic and mysterious as any archetypal Woman. Some 20 years ago, to honor their nurturing power and essential mystery, I launched a series I entitled The Mona Lisa on the Rio Grande. Each necklace is a unique personification of our Spirits of the Sacred Feminine, embodied in a single gemstone set into the traditional kachina headdress made of sterling silver.

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Sterling silver and onyx pendant on onyx and turquoise beads, reverse:
$1,025 + shipping, handling, and insurance

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Sterling silver and onyx anticlastic cuff:
$725 + shipping, handling, and insurance

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Sterling silver and onyx cuff:
$525 + shipping, handling, and insurance

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Sterling silver and Royston turquoise on rough-cut turquoise beads:
$825 + shipping, handling, and insurance
SOLD.

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Sterling silver and Stone Mountain turquoise cuff:
$725 + shipping, handling, and insurance

Sustenance is also personified by another female spirit: Grandmother Turtle, who comes with the waters that give us life and who in some traditions supports this world on her shell. Occasionally, a piece begins as one vision and ends as another, and so it is with this concha-style barrette. Concha is the Spanish word for shell, and the stampwork indeed resembles tiny shells. But once the pick was added, this piece manifested itself as a much larger shell, that of Grandmother Turtle.

 

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Sterling silver barrette with twisted-wire pick:
$425 + shipping, handling, and insurance

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