Chinese writing stone (also known as porphory or Chinese letter stone) is a limestone matrix with andalusite crystals that appear as a delightful pattern resembling chinese characters.
This particular stone was mined near Auburn, California and purchased from the miner who also cut the stone. I like the long tablet shape of this stone and the smooth rounded edges. The stone has a silky feel that invites the touch.
Regarding the bamboo coral: Its color ranges from white to red, but most red sea bamboo coral these days is dyed. It grows in branches that look like underwater trees. It is formed by plants rather than the more precious coral traditionally used in jewelry which is formed my micro-organisms.
Note: Although I feel that all jewelry has the potential of sending a message or providing some perceived benefit, some of the jewelry I make is created with a specific intention in mind. These usually have Talisman or Amulet in the title and have some element in the design that includes symbolic meaning.... such as this Bull's Eye Talisman .
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Bull's Eye Talisman
pendant including bale 5" long
cord including extender - 24"" adjustable
Chinese Writing stone, bamboo coral
sterling silver and fine silver