Polymer Clay, Gemstone and Sterling Silver Pendant
Hamsa - "Rakshita"

"Rakshita" means "protected" in the ancient Sanskrit language.

The Hamsa amulet is popular throughout North Africa, and commonly used in
jewelry and wall hangings. The Hand (Khamsa), particularly the open right hand, is a
sign of protection that also represents blessings, power, and strength, and is seen as
potent in deflecting the evil eye.
It is also known as the hand of Fatima, so named to commemorate Muhammad's
daughter Fatima Zahra. Christians call it the hand of Mary, for the mother of Jesus.
Following its incorporation into Jewish tradition via its widespread use in the Islamic
world, it was also renamed the hand of Miriam for Miriam, sister of Moses.

I made this pendant with polymer clay. I hand crafted and hand painted it and the
finished piece was then given a clear coat to seal in the paint. The backside is also
hand painted with some small details. I also added stones in the colors of the Chakra.
Starting at the top:  Amethyst, Garnet, Carnelian, Peridot, and Iolite. The bottom is a
Rose Quartz Crystal point. (stone attributes below).

Pendant measures 1 and 15/16 inches, (or 50 millimeters) tall from top of bail to
bottom. The pendant measures 1 and 3/8 inches,
(or 31 millimeters) across at widest point.
Sterling silver bail and jump ring.
Can be worn on ribbon or chain as shown.
**Chain shown in pictures is not included with the pendant.**

(These are the attributes said to be given to each stone):

Amethyst = Is known as a dream stone. The amethyst has long been used to open
the spiritual and psychic centers, making it one of the power stones. It is also used as
a meditation aid when worn as a necklace. The amethyst symbolizes piety, humility,
sincerity and spiritual wisdom.

Garnet = This stone is said to be a stone of purity and truth as well as a symbol of
love and compassion. It will helps with depression, self-esteem, one's own security
level and spiritual awareness. This stone is also said to bring constancy to
friendships and to be helpful for stimulating success in business.

Carnelian = This stone has a long and storied past, and was once considered strictly
the property of the noble class. People holding a high social status were often buried
with this gem stone. This stone is said to protect from bad vibrations and aid in
calming. Carnelian is an energy booster. It helps the insecure person to find strength
within them so they can come into their own.

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.

Iolite = Ancients believed that it could unlock creativity in an artist. Use this stone to
discover the lost parts of self and your inner treasures. It clears the third eye chakra.
It is a stone of vision and creative expression. It supports the healing of the eyes,
stimulates memory and helps with sleep imbalances.

Rose Quartz Crystal = This stone is known as the love stone. It helps the user feel a
strong sense of self-worth, therefore being worth love. Rose quartz is the stone of
universal love. It is also the stone of love in marriage. When worn in jewelry the
wearer feels a sense of self-worth.  Rose Quartz has a gentle vibration of love for the
owner. It gives inner peace and helps in all matters pertaining to love in all its forms.
Rose Quartz opens the heart to love.


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