NEW COLLECTION! Ice Age fossils are the inspiration for a new series of amulets handmade by me, Susan Tooker of Spinning Castle. The fossils serve as the base for a pendant that I combine with other gemstones and rare beads. Each amulet is truly one-of-a-kind because each these fossils date from the last Ice Age and are over 10,000 years old! The color, texture and feel of the fossils is fascinating!
ARTIO is a tribal amulet that features a stunning Cave Bear tooth fossil that was discovered in Romania. This double root molar comes from a bear that roamed Europe during the last Ice Age over 27,000 years ago. My concept was to create ornately beaded necklaces that recall more ancient times where gemstones were worn as amulets of protection, strength and power. ARTIO showcases the fossil specimen pendant with six outstanding Smoky Quartz crystal points. The necklace is adjustable and also features focal beads of Mookaite Jasper, Rubellite, and Red Tigers Eye. ARTIO is also complimented with antiqued brass chain, dark oxidized wire, African brass spacers, and purple African recycled glass beads. ARTIO feels very substantial and is reflective of Warrior Spirit!
Necklace measures 24 inches long plus 4 inch extender.
THE CAVE BEAR
Enormous cave bears that once inhabited Europe were the first of the mega-mammals to die out, going extinct around 13 millennia earlier than was previously thought, according to a new estimate. The new extinction date, 27,800 years ago, coincides with a period of significant climate change, known as the Last Glacial Maximum, when a marked cooling in temperature resulted in a reduction or total loss of the vegetation that the cave bears ate (today’s brown bears are omnivores). The loss of this food supply led to the extinction of the cave bear, Ursus spelaeus, one of a group of "megafauna" — including the woolly mammoth, woolly rhinoceros, giant deer and cave lion — to disappear during the last Ice Age. Over the years, numerous cave bear remains have been discovered in caves where the animals probably died during winter hibernation. Cave bears were huge, with males growing up to around 2,200 pounds (1,000 kg). The maximum recorded weight of both Kodiak bears and polar bears — the largest bears living today — is 1,760 pounds (800 kg), with averages of around 1,100 pounds (500 kg).
SMOKY QUARTZ stimulates the cooperation of multiple energies toward a common goal. A wonderful stone for relationships, and for people in recovery who are part of a larger group, whether it be work, hobby, a home group, business group, or association. It is a gentle grounding stone that instills balance and harmony, and can help bring peace to you, enhancing quiet reflection during meditation without the interference of the thinking mind. Smokey Quartz helps to set aside willfulness and headstrong behavior. Smokey quartz has the ability to transform negative energy, and is particularly effective in dealing with anger and resentments. It clears up communication difficulties, and helps to dissolve mental and emotional blockages that can get in the way of perception or learning.
MOOKAITE JASPER is an Australian jasper containing shades of pink, red and yellow. It is a nurturing stone that supports and sustains during times of stress bringing peace and a feeling of wholeness. Mookaite Jasper encourages versatility and helps you to accept change. It helps you to discover all possibilities in a situation and to choose the right one. Mookaite also grounds and stabilizes the whole body and provides a protective energy that helps to block unwanted outside influences.
Metaphysically Mookaite is a stone of the "here and now." It can help one balance the internal and external and acceptance of change. It helps with living meditation, where one makes a meditation of any act one does. Mookaite is a very protective stone, and is particularly good as an emotional protector. In the physical realm it stabilizes health and fortifies the immune system. Meditating with this stone takes you into a calm center to wait out any storm, and can assist in contacting souls on other planes. It is an aid for communicating with animals. This flexible and pragmatic stone points out all possibilities and assists in choosing the right one. Mookaite is associated with the lower chakras.
RUBELLITE is pink to red tourmaline. As such it has the mystical properties of tourmaline as well as its own. It is a stone of balance and calm. Emotionally, rubellite helps bring emotional balance and helps open up, relax, and detach from personal pain. It can be used with lepidolite as a super-powerful energy for calming people in distress. As prosperity is a natural effect of a life in balance, rubellite also brings abundance. Rubellite is also a stone of passion, bringing passionate energy and love. Rubellite is associated with the sacral and root chakras, as well as the heart chakra.
RED TIGERS EYE brings energies of vibrance and vitality, and of enhancing integrity of self and can be very grounding. It is said to help one have the practicality and willpower to take care of oneself fully. It is a survival stone and can help with the correct use of power for survival in difficult times, and can bring vitality. It promotes energies of health and vibrancy of those who wear it. It is said to bring good luck. Red Tiger Eye is associated with the root or base chakra. It also has the energetic properties of "regular" or golden Tiger Eye.
BEAR TOTEM includes fertility, primal instincts, solitude, and protection. Bear people tend to be somewhat reclusive, especially when under pressure and they require a great deal of personal space to rejuvenate. Bear people will often "disconnect" for awhile as they pursue projects as they tend to become deeply involved in whatever they are working on. Deeply protective and territorial, bear women make excellent mothers and have strong maternal instinct. Bears are strong, capable creatures who are very protective and nurturing of their young. Bear people require solitude, but also love other people deeply. When feeling pressured by life, bear people often retreat and want to be left alone, but its important to use those introspective times for growth and exploring answers to problems within yourself. You can't - and shouldn't stay hidden away forever.
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Spinning Castle Studios, 2015.
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