I live near a popular farmers market that have a variety of people selling foods and objects. In one of the booths there was a man selling gemstone necklaces. I mentioned to him that I often like to make necklaces for myself, family and friends as gifts but the string I use, which is a metal wire often breaks. Especially due to my children grabbing at my neck. I told him that I intuitivily get drawn to the right stone for that necklace at the time. He told me he used a fishing string and doubled it. At the same time that he said that he pulled out a long string and attached it with a litle bit wire needle at the end. He gave this to me and said, here try this.
I wrapped the string around my arm like it was a beautiful braclet and took it with me on my adventures of the day. I stored it with my gemstones curious about what to do with it. It was very long so I thought I might make a very long double necklace that could be wrapped around my neck but instead I just waited until the day it felt right to work on it.
On that day I sat with the stones that I have but I also felt drawn to bringing down my wedding rings. I have 3 rings that my partner and I have given each other over the years, the first promise ring (|which is what I called it, but he called it a friendship ring), second the engagement ring and then of course the simple wedding band. I have not been wearing my rings since I gave birth to my first son due to swelling in my fingers. Every once in awhile I tried to wear the rings but then they would feel too tight on the fingers. I had them in randem non safe spots. Like on the mantle, or window sill of bathroom, that two little boys hands could have gotten at. I also felt like I still wanted to wear the rings just didn’t know where.
So I knew that the 3 rings had to go on the necklace. I don’t like how some people where their rings dangling at the end of a necklace. I figured out a way to incorporate the rings into the neclace with out them standng out. I wrapped the string aound the edge and then added gemstones into the center of the rings so that it did not have just a blank string in the center.
Here is the full necklace:
Here is a close up of the engagement ring:
The Engagement ring has holes with in it so instead of wrapping the string around it I was able to put it through the holes. One of the gemstones that is in the center of this ring is a rose quartz, which was given to us as part of a larger string of rose quartz that was a wedding gift.
Through out the beading process I had sage surrounding me. I was constantly focused on the stones and would ask myself, if this is the right stone for me for helping me in my life. Some of the stones I do not remember what they were but I listened to what felt right. The saging made the process feel like a ceremony for me, which was healing in itself, whether the stones do any work or not. I felt happy creating the necklace.
After I made the necklace the next day one of the boys banged it against something hard and one stone broke. I took it apart and fixed it easily.
I did not use all of the string as my oldest son requested I make him a necklace. That will be in next post.