Jewelry Studio & Gallery
Upstairs Main St. & Kasten
P.O. Box 1901
Mendocino, CA 95460
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Lady Of the Lake
As in many traditions in which a goddess bestows kingship, the Lady of the Lake, a mysterious Celtic Goddess, gave King Arthur the Sword Excalibur and thus established his power and right to be king. Before he died, Arthur restored the sword to her, and it now remains with her beneath the waters of the deep. Lady of the Lake is a guide to the mysterious realms of emotion and renewal, a source of immense creativity. She can give us the energy we need to rule our lives. Design on the reverse side is the Triple Goddess Knot which represents the Goddess in her three phases of life, maiden, mother and grandmother. Created with Sterling silver, 14k & 18k gold, aventurine, tourmaline, emerald, moldavite, star apatite and grossular garnet beads. and a face and hand carved from mother of pearl
Most of our hand carved cameo necklaces are custom made to order in your choice of metals and stones. For currently available cameos that are ready for shipment see our "Online Store" page.
Lady of the Lake as shown ~ $1495
This style of jewelry was taught to us by one of our mentors Heyoka Merrifield, a well known spiritual artist and author. It is similar to a style of jewelry that originated in the 15th century French court and was called a Commesso. This style differed from a cameo in that only the face was carved from shell or stone and the design was completed in metals. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has several examples of this early jewelry technique. A unique feature of many our cameos is that we finish them with a complete design on the back to create a reversible necklace. We hand carve our cameo faces from opal, mother of pearl and antique piano key ivory. Most of our Cameo designs depict Goddesses from many early cultures. All of the designs shown can be custom ordered in your choice of metals and stones.
|Shani and I are strongly committed to the environment. As a family business we practice eco-friendly buying, fabrication and in house recycling techniques. We use recycled gold and silver, fair trade gems, and certified conflict free diamonds as well as reusing a customer's own stones and metals for even less impact on the environment. We strive to create our jewelry with honor and respect for the precious earth we work with and live in.
Sincerely, Chris & Shani Christenson
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