The original inspiration for this necklace came from the ancient breastplate worn by the Jewish High Priest, whose four rows of three semi-precious stones represented the 12 tribes of Israel. I associated the word “breastplate” with armor, so I have used the basic notion and converted it into “Armor For A Modern Woman.”
The backing is quilted cloth representing the old quilted armor of the 12th through the 15th centuries. The copper squares represent the advent of the more familiar metal armor; however, I have hijacked their masculine armor reference by placing upon each piece a symbols representing “female” or “power” or “strength” or “protection” drawn from many cultures.
Reading from the top left across the rows
1. Chinese Symbol for strength 2. The symbol for female in science (Venus’ mirror)
3. The Japanese Kanji for strength or power
1. The Tabona, an ancient African symbol for strength and perseverance 2. Triple spiral,
symbol for mother, crone, female power 3. snake, ancient symbol for female power
1. Taurus, astrological symbol for The Bull often associated with strength in Egyptian
and other cultures. 2. Leo, astrological symbol for The Lion, a symbol of
strength, courage and power 3. Constellation Ursa Major, the Bear. Bears were
Heraldic symbols of strength.
Repeat of Row 1.
The border of the breastplate portion and the necklace consists of many semi-precious stones, each thought to have particular attributes.
Golden Rainbow Fluorite – Protection against negative thoughts
Smoky Quartz – Enhance survival instincts
Citrine – Strength and self confidence
Autumn Jasper – Protection from negative energy
Black Onyx – Keep one safe from harm
Turquoise – Absorbs negative energy
Leopard Jasper –Assists and protects during physical and spiritual travel
Iolite – A stone of power and strength
Pietersite –Provides physical protection
Mahogany Obsidian – Provides strength in times of need
Carnelian- Stone of protection from fear
Malachite – Restorer of life
Quartz Crystal – Stone of power – brings the energy of the stars into the soul
Cotton cloth, batting, thread, handmade paper cloth, acrylic paint, Shiva Paintsticks, copper sheet, seed beads, copper wire, 13 different semi-precious stones