Uffington White Horse Weighty Recycled Sterling Silver 'Pebble' Necklace with Haematite
The Uffington White Horse is a magical creature and a place I find really inspiring, which is why he features quite regularly in my work. Here he sits atop a chunky 'pebble' of sterling silver. This began as an ingot of recycled silver which, instead of rolling out, I beat with a hammer to create a weathered, cracked, organic form to echoe the Uffington hill face. The result is a gorgeously thick, weighty piece which has a truly ancient feel about it, as if it has been dug up after centuries in the ground. His chain features 42 Haematite beads meticulously hand wrapped with sterling silver wire, small lengths of sterling silver chain and is finished with a handmade silver clasp. Tassles of hematite beads also hang from the necklace which provide a lovely element of movement. The silver has been oxidised, highlighted and waxed with a microcrystalline wax to help protect the oxidised surface. Oxidisation is a surface treatment that will lighten with wear.
As with all of my pieces, each and every jump ring is handmade and soldered closed to prevent any piece of the pendant coming apart or getting lost.
This piece carries a full set of UK hallmarks and my maker's mark as issued by Goldsmiths of London - this is your guarantee of quality and silver purity.
Material - 2.5 mm thick recycled sterling silver Size of pebble - approx 43 mm x 23 mm Beads - 51 Haematite beads Length of chain - approximately 18"
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Uffington is the oldest of all the white horses and was created in the Bronze Age. It's believed that the horse could have been cut by worshippers of the sun god Belinos or Belenus, who was associated with horses. He was sometimes depicted on horseback, and Bronze and Iron Age sun chariots were shown as being drawn by horses. This may be why the horse was cut into the chalk on the shallower slope at the top of the hill so that he could be seen from above by the god himself.
Haematite is the mineral form of iron oxide and is an excellent grounding and balancing stone, strengthening our connection with the earth and making us feel safe and secure. It is also considered to be a stone for the mind, helping our concentration and focus - enhancing our memory and original thoughts. Haematite is also believed to endow us with courage, strength, endurance and vitality. It helps dissolve negativity and prevents us from absorbing the negativity of others and heightens our self confidence, will power and self-esteem. It is believed to help overcome compulsions and addictions, such as overeating and smoking.