My partner is Cindy Cima Edwards and you can see her beautiful designs here:
This is what she sent me.
Quite a beady bag of goodies. The teardrop shape is a cat's eye glass pendant. It's always hard to photograph cat's eye and get all its wonderfulness. This close-up shot helps a little.
There's a strand of mahogany obsidian and a strand of crazy horse stone. Obsidian is a stone that's associated with Pluto ~ the Greek god of the underworld and keeper of hidden treasure.
It's said to be a grounding stone that can impart the strength needed to stand on your own convictions against any enemy (hidden or otherwise). Mahogany obsidian is said to have a gentle energy that grounds and protects its owner. It can be used for strength in times of need, for removing energy blocks, and giving new life to purposes and goals. (You knew I'd go straight for the woo-woo, didn't you??)
There's a legend about the crazy horse stone, which, of course, I must share. Crazy Horse received a black stone from a medicine man named Horn Chips to protect his horse, a black-and-white "paint horse" which he named Inyan (rock or stone). He placed the stone behind the horse's ear, so that the medicine from his vision quest and Horn Chips would combine; he and his horse would be one in battle.
This is not the stone that Inyan wore into battle. It's actually a form of limestone that's been coated with resin. I'm guessing it's called crazy horse stone after Crazy's Horse "paint" horse.
Cindy added some Vintaj brass chain, which I'm showing here with the crazy horse stone. Cool, huh?
She also enclosed a Vintaj brass filigree flower... or perhaps something that grew where the Lakota went to battle? Those are Czech faceted bronze beads below it, next to the cat's eye.
There's the cat's eye teardrop again, and me struggling to catch its luster.
Here's a cool toggle clasp. It's Vintaj brass, and it's resting comfortably beside some Swarovski crystals and fresh water potato pearls.
Here are the pearls and crystals together. Quite a luxurious color.
And there are my faceted beads and the medallion.
And finally, the mahogany obsidian, the crazy horse stone, and the chain.
I have some wonderful colors and textures to play with here. Now the question is... what to make? I'm open to suggestions.