Polymer Clay, Lampwork Glass, Gemstone, and Sterling Silver - Totem Pendant
"Earth Mother"

In the Native American cultures the turtle is a sacred figure that represents Mother Earth.
The meaning of the Turtle symbol signifies good health and long life. The turtle has great
longevity living up to 150 years. According to Native American legends and myths of the
Eastern Woodland tribes the turtle played a part in their Creation myth. The Earth Diver
turtle swam to the bottom of the water that stretched across the world. He surfaced with the
mud which the creator used to make the earth.

The spiral design which is hand carved and hand painted on the back side
represents a life journey

I made this pendant with polymer clay and one of my handmade glass lampwork cabochons.
The design is done with a white clay and turquoise and black accents, then given a
glossy finish to seal in the paints.

I set Iolite stones in for her eyes. Around her shell is a circle of Peridot stones.

Iolite = Ancients believed that this stone could unlock creativity in an artist. Use this
stone to discover the lost parts of self and your inner treasures. It is a stone of vision
and creative expression.

Peridot = This stone was believed to be a stone of springtime by ancients who
considered it a gift from Mother Nature. Napoleon once made a gift of Peridot to
Josephine as a symbol of undying love and admiration. It is mentioned throughout
the Bible, and early Christians considered it sacred. It is a stone of lightness and
beauty. It is a protector against negative emotions.

The turtle has an arm span of 3 inches and she measures 3 and 1/8 inches from tip of nose
to end of feet.  The bail and jump ring are sterling silver.
*Chain shown in pictures is not included with the pendant.


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Close Up
*Chain is shown as example only and
is not included with the pendant.