You've seen this necklace before. The first one was for my mother, the second was for my son's school fundraising auction and now this one....which is for sale on Etsy! This fine silver pendant is made with metal clay but this time I've used a real wired wrapped Tahitian pearl drop at the bottom. The pearl is not perfect but it is lovely. After I listed the necklace I realized that the birthstone for the month of June is the pearl!
The pearl has symbolized many things thoughout history..... sacred power, water, creation, woman, goddesses, the moon, birth and rebirth. The pearl is also a symbol of a bodhisattva named Ksitigarbha who is "especially revered in Japanese Buddhism by pregnant women and young children as the protector of all weak and suffering humanity".
The pearl in my necklace is similar in color to the pearl earring in Vermeer's painting....
The Pearl is also a fabulous book by John Steinbeck....
"I must go seek some dew-drops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear."
~ William Shakespeare ~