As part of my quest to work with patterns and colors that are inspired by Native American beadwork, I am also looking at bringing in items found in nature.
Luckily for me, my friend Christine is slightly obsessed with hunting rocks. And she is kind enough to share them with friends. This one is from the shores of of the Susquehanna River in Tunkhannock, PA. She pointed out that it looks like the African continent, and I totally agree with her there. Isn't it cool?! She did a slight embellishment with paint, and then drilled a hole. Absolutely perfect for beading!
I started this necklace before the earrings, which I posted yesterday. The set is inspired by the colors she painted on the rock. I used the same diamond shape in both the earrings and the bale at the top of the rock. I also used leather to complete the necklace.
I did look up the significance of using a diamond in the pattern and found that it represents time and space as complimentary elements. It is like the partnership between night and day with the center point representing dawn. Dawn marking an awakening to new understandings. I do love the poetry of the old meanings. The simplicity and the honesty still work today.