renewal & rebirth talisman (dolphin w/ chrysoprase)

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renewal & rebirth talisman (dolphin w/ chrysoprase)

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A hand-drawn and hand-sawn dolphin sits atop two layers of solid sterling silver, "holding" a blue-green ocean of chrysoprase. The chrysoprase is surrounded by sterling and fine silver and is strung by two oxidized sterling silver cable chains, providing movement. My maker's mark and .925 are included on the back, indicating authenticity. All jump rings have been soldered closed for durability and strength. It has been given a black patina and then brought to a soft, satin finish with some of the patina left to accentuate the details in the dolphin and stone. 

The necklace measures 12 1/2 inches in length, including the sterling silver chain. The dolphin measures 1 1/2 inches wide, with the stone measuring about an inch in length. 

Chrysoprase is a variety of chalcedony. Chrysoprase is highly prized for its opalescent minty, apple-green color, which is especially unique and is owed to its distinctive coloring agent. The name 'chrysoprase' originates from the Greek words, 'chrusos' and 'prason', meaning 'gold' and 'leek', respectively; referring to its leek-green color and the presence of golden inclusions. Chrysoprase frequently occurs in quartz veins of nickel-bearing serpentine rocks and in weathered deposits of nickel ore materials. The deposits can be found all over the world. 

DOLPHIN SYMBOLISM

Greek mythology tells us that Dolphin Spirit carries the spirits of the dead to the next reality. From a symbolic standpoint this gives Dolphin the additional meaning of rebirth and renewal. Many people who work with Dolphin energy find their lives transforming (where one door closes, another opens). Throughout the process of change, Dolphin provides courage, self-confidence, virtue and strength to endure tumultuous waters.

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