Winterchild, Vintage Catherine Necklace
This necklace features a 2.5 cm recycled antique roof tin circular layer resting on a 2.9 cm pewter circle. The pendant showcases a cut-out for the symbol and the layers are riveted together for a solid piece. The pendant is suspended on an 18 inch silver coloured double strand cable (nylon covered stainless steel cable wire) with a sterling silver clasp. This cable chain holds a gentle curve.
- Aurora Dancing - I named this lovely dancer Aurora, she dances to her own rhythm, and in her wake she leaves beauty. Were I the wise woman of an earlier, less-scientific time, I believe this would have been my explanation of the magical Aurora Borealis.
- Fireweed - The long, graceful fireweed is the Cinderella of the flowers. Where there is only charred wood from a past forest fire, the fireweed, as if by a wave of a wand covers this cheerless scene in a fuchsia blanket and we can then see beauty where before we could not.
- Friends - Isn't this what we all want for our closest friends, to grant them their dearest wishes, to save them from their sadness, and to bring them deep joy? These young friends playing dress-up and the one granting her friend's wish captures the meaning of friendship beautifully.
- Hummingbird - Hummingbirds are spectacularly skilful fliers, both capable of hovering and changing direction in midflight. As well, their wings beat at an incredible 55-75 beats per second, an almost impossibly fast action. Hummingbirds are only found in the Americas and when Spanish explorers first encountered hummingbirds in the New World they called them "Joyas Voladoras". I believe this is the perfect name for the hummingbird for the translation means "flying jewels”!
- Husky Racing - Every winter, Yukoners avidly follow the progress of the dog teams participating in our world famous Yukon Quest. In the Yukon's past, however, the people of the north befriended the husky and relied heavily on it for survival. This image shows the oldest of friendships, the one between humans and dogs.
- Inukshuk - The Inukshuk is a well loved symbol of northern Canada. Built to look like humans the Inukshuk had many purposes, to show directions, to pass on messages or to help with hunting. Pictured here, an Inuit father and son are getting their bearings through observing the Inukshuk. This Inuit statue reminds us of how important it is to lend a hand to each other.
- Love - If you blur your eyes by squeezing them nearly closed, you’ll see that the outline of these two embracing friends are actually the shape of a heart. It may be just whimsy, but I love the notion of such an embrace being the origin of the "heart" symbol.
- Polar Bear - The polar bear, the most beloved symbol of the Canadian north because of its strength, intelligence and beauty.
- Raven - The raven is always present whenever I am outdoors. Sometimes ravens sound like they are having conversations with one another. They are so intelligent that I have no doubt that they actually are! I am pleased to share this space with them.
Handcrafted by Winterchild Jewellery in Mayo, Yukon, Canada.