"Our indigenous herbalists say to pay attention when plants come to you; they're bringing you something you need to learn." Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass.
Where I grew up, wild strawberries grow along the side of the road that winds its way through the forest following the shoreline of Lake Superior. They were an offering - a gift of natural sweet sustenance that taught me the power of even the smallest of living things.
I felt very small as a child. The wild strawberry taught me to harness that power - to offer humility, to speak only when I had something important to say and to love all the small joys in life. I learned that there can be abundance in small things.
Indigenous people around the Great Lakes hold a beautiful understanding of the strawberry. Its seeds travelled to Turtle Island by Skywoman. When Skywoman's daughter died, the strawberry grew from her heart and become known as 'the heart berry'. The strawberry is understood as good medicine and it is honoured as a gift.
In her book "Braiding Sweetgrass" Robin Wall Kimmerer includes a chapter about the strawberry and its teachings. I highly recommend it!
What does the wild strawberry teach you?
This necklace is completely handmade by me in my metalsmithing studio. It is made of quality sterling silver.
The strawberry is carved out of silver and each little seed was soldered in place. I cut the strawberry leaf from a sheet of silver, soldered the veining on it and then textured the leaf.
The leaf measures 5.5cm x 4.5cm.
The chain is also handmade - each link fabricated and soldered shut. It is 20 inches long and closes with a handmade hook clasp.
The chain features an ethically sourced rose cut cabochon garnet set in fine silver. It measures 6mm x 8mm.
There are three jump rings at the end of the chain. I added these intentionally as a symbol of commitment to reconciliation. This is a passion of mine. The three links represent the 'silver covenant chain' that was a treaty between indigenous people, especially the Haudenosaunee, and early settlers to Turtle Island to foster friendship, respect and peace between them. The chain was created in silver because if you don't tend to it then it tarnishes. A covenant of friendship, respect and peace needs to be nurtured with care. (You can google 'Silver Covenant Chain' to learn more.)
Wear this necklace as a reminder of the need for nurturing reconciliation.
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