be the nectar with star rutilated quartz
Cast sterling bee pendant with 8x7mm star rutilated quartz cabachon cut stone and 12 x 6.5 mm. teal blue indicololite tourmaline briolette.
Clasp is cast sterling silver leaf ends with purchased lobster claw catch, and with contrasting 14karat gold 1.8mm heavy cable chain.
1 3/4" wingspan and 18 1/4" inches end to end.
Bee pendant molded and prototyped from a blue fur carpenter bee, or Xylocopa Caerulea.
I have purchased four star rutilated quartz over my jewelry career, but I was amazed to find a star rutilated quartz small enough to fit this piece! They are, in general, much larger. Star rutilated quartz is created by golden rutile, a form of titanium dioxide, also known as the hairs of Venus, whose needle like inclusions form a star cluster, or asterism, within its host rock of crystal quartz, and which is punctuated with hematite, the black part that you see. What stone could be more cosmically aligned than a golden flower that formed inside of quartz within the depths of the earth? A flower for the bee made by earth herself! Star rutilated quartz is highly cherished as a healing stone.
While I watch the bees, and I love to watch them! I wonder how the bees choose the flowers they go to. When I make the pendants, I try to create combinations of stones that will suit different people and their preferences. Visual nectar. Just as the bees find the right flowers to land on, each bee necklace finds its person.
Although as light as a feather, they do the job of the world - they pollinate our food and make the world beautiful and delicious! Apples! Almonds! Blueberries! Cherries! Avocados! Cucumbers! Onions! Grapefruit! and most inportantly food for our souls. Every blossom, every flower elevates our spirit simply by existing.
Bees are disappearing and dying.
Love nature. Save the bees. Eat organic food.
Protect the earth. Save beauty.
Boycott Bayer Montsanto.
Honor the bee.
Be the nectar.
Bee photo credit: budak/Flicker