Each of my necklaces are named after a goddess. Every woman is a goddess! ;))) Yes, YOU, too!
This necklace is named JURATE the mermaid goddess of the sea. Her tears turned to amber and washed ashore the Baltic Sea.
MATERIALS I used to make this: ♥Vintage amber from a necklace from the 1960s (They have a rich honey color characteristic of vintage amber.) ♥It nestles among fine quality turquoise (the very bright blue ones) from the "sleeping beauty mine" in Arizona. ♥Lapis lazuli chips ♥Turquoise that was dyed apple green ♥yellow glass seed beads ♥Miyuki japanes bronze colored glass seed beads ♥Sterling silver spacer beads ♥I hand made the clasp from sterling silver wire. I darkened it, just a teeny bit, to give it a vintage feel.
♥The 6 loops on the clasp help to adjust the length anywhere from 17" to 18 1/2" (43 - 47 cm).
Would you like to read about the mermaid goddess?
The beautifully tragic love story of J U R A T E and K A S T Y T I S, the goddess-mermaid who fell in love with a fisherman, explains how amber came about.
Jurate, the sea goddess, did not like the fisherman, Kastytis, who came daily disturbing the peaceful waters of the Baltic Sea and catching too many fish. Since Jurate loved all the sea creatures she ruled over, she set out to punish him. As things happen, Kastytis must have been either good-looking or a sweet-talker, or both, because Jurate, instead of punishing him, ended up falling madly in love with him. Although he was a human being, she was able to bring him to her magnificent castle under the sea, made entirely of amber.
In the meantime..... The all-mightly and powerful thunder god Perkunas (similar to the Greek god Zeus), found out about the love affair between mortal and goddess and became incredibly enraged, killing Kastytis, the fisherman.
There are several versions of what follows.
In one, the god Perkunas struck the amber castle with lightening, shattering the fragile stone to a million bits. This explains why amber chips are still found in the Baltic Sea.
In another version, more hauntingly romantic, Jurate’s tears turn to amber. During heavy storms, amber pieces are washed ashore as the goddess continues to mourn the death of her beloved Kastytis.
Thanks for looking and, above all, reading all this!