In the arms of Mary
Our Lady of Avalon
mystical isle of sacred apples
In the arms of Mary, Our Lady of Avalon. This is a small wearable shrine and altar. A beautiful image of Mary of the Sacred Heart, set in glass, hand soldered with lead free solder that has the appearance and effect of pewter. You can however, polish the solder with silver jewellery cleaner and make it shine like silver. On top of the frame I soldered the arms of Mary and underneath hangs a beautiful red shine enamel apple, a chalice, a sword, a pomegranate and a beautiful icon of Mary.
The apple represents the sacred isle of Avalon and the sacred orchard of apples which still grow in the Abbey grounds in Glastonbury; the chalice is the cup from which we drink from the sacred wells of Our Lady; the sword can either be an athame for the altar or the sword of Archangel Michael; the pomegranate is a symbol of the divine feminine and her ability to go deep into the underworld and to return to this world with gifts and sight; the icon of Mary is set in resin in sterling silver.
I used many swarovski crystals in the chain, as well as handmade lampwork roses; it also consists of black onyx rosary beads, semi precious stones, coral roses, plastic roses and silver coloured roses with real turquoise pieces scattered in between.
A magnificent Ave Maria connector connects the pendant to the chain.
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The entire necklace is 45 cm long.
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