This beaded necklace is made with long tan coloured pipe bone beads, separated by alternative black, light blue, burgundy and red beads. The rosette turtle design is made using small cream, black, burgundy and light blue beads which has been added to a circular piece of material. This is then backed onto deer skin leather; a traditional leather used in many Native American crafts. The string used for the necklace is then sewn through the material and there is some fringed beading at the bottom of the rosette.
Although this is a long necklace it is lightweight and comfortable to wear, the deer skin on the back of the rosette is very soft.
You will receive a certificate of authenticity with your necklace, and there is also a paper string wrapped around the necklace with the name of the artist. These are handmade by Betsy Piaso and other members of the Navajo Nation (Din'eh), USA. This is a group of Navajo women, helped by their children to make deerskin medicine bags, bone and bead necklaces and feather fans.
These necklaces are unique, good quality and handcrafted but as such you may find some of the pipe beads can have slight natural marks or discolorations.
Size of Necklace The diameter of the beaded rosette is usually 6cm, the length of the necklace from top to bottom is roughly 46cm (19 inches). The long bone pipe beads are approximately 3.7cm each.
Dictionary Terms Explained
- Completion, protection
Turtles have been and are held sacred in many traditions. In the Far East the turtle shell is seen as a symbol of heaven while the squarer underside is symbolic of mother earth. And through other traditions such as Native American turtle is a symbol of mother earth and our ability to find happiness on mother earth.
The turtle is a slow moving creature on land and is never in a rush. All you need to do is find the pace that is appropriate. Like the knight of pentacles in a Tarot deck turtle energy is steady, earthy and always accomplishes what they set out to do. If you align with the energy of turtle you are assured of completion. It teaches to go with the flow and be happy with the pace that your life is taking. Do not try to push it faster than is natural or you may reach your destination too early and feel you missed something along the way. Turtle teaches us to try and enjoy the journey as much as the final achievement. To focus too much on the end of something means you will often find yourself dreaming of the future, which will leave you ungrounded and unhappy. So have around you the symbol of turtle when you wish to remain grounded and take joy in what you have been given.
Also because of their great shells turtle symbolise our ability to protect ourselves. When you have done a certain amount of personal development and thinking you come to realise that everything is connected. And we start to see ourselves reflected in the actions of others. But sometimes some people have their own history and their own anger and it is just best to get out of their way. That is where the shell of turtle may come in handy. You don't have to take responsibility on for everyone. Sometimes just leave them to get on with it. And if they get too close use turtle energy to give them a little snap so they know you are there.
Betsy Piaso - Navajo tribe
Betsy Piaso is a member of the Navajo tribe and lives in the USA. We trade directly with this artist making sure she receives a fair price for her work. All items will be good quality but because of the hand made nature of the goods it is possible that crafts such as these may have small differences between them. These small differences (if there are any) should be seen as a testimony to the fact that you are buying authentic Native American crafts.
Beaded Rosette Turtle Necklace (Tan) by Betsy Piaso
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