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Robin McGauley

Bee-Longing Necklace

Regular price
$425.00 CAD
Regular price
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$425.00 CAD

This necklace is part of my 'Belonging' collection. Belonging is a basic human need. 
This quote captures the meaning of this necklace: 
“Perhaps your hunger to belong is always active and intense because you belonged so totally before you came here. This hunger to belong is the echo and reverberation of your invisible heritage.” ~ John O’Donohue

I also wrote this blessing to accompany this collection: 

A Blessing for Belonging: 

When absence becomes your companion
and the feeling that something is missing
demands your care and devotion
let yourself befriend your longing
and respond to its voice leading you home to belonging.

Nurture your courage
and expand your capacity
to share your true self generously.

Trust that you can be understood deeply
by those who take the time to listen.

Develop a practice of cherishing others.
Ask them about their dreams.
Invite them to share their joys.
Make a space for their longing to be heard.
The practice starts by doing this for yourself.

Always locate your need for nourishment
from earthy and wholesome sources.
Rest after being with others.

May you always grow in your ability to bless yourself.

- Robin McGauley

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This necklace is completely handcrafted.
It features a small sculptural bee that I hand-fabricated in sterling silver. 

The cabochon in the circle is a rose cut silky sapphire. It is set in fine silver.
It measures 12mm x 14mm. 
The stone with the spiral is an Ammonite Negative. This one is a pleuroceras species that's 175 million years old from land known today as Germany. It measures 2.2cm wide x 2.2cm long.

The whole pendant measures 2.2cm wide and 4.2cm long. 

I also completely handcrafted the chain. The long links are sterling silver which have been darkened with a patina. The round links are 10k gold. 
I made each link by hand and soldered every jump ring shut.
The chain measures 18 inches long and closes with a handmade hook clasp.  

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10% of the sale of this necklace will go to Reception House in Kitchener, Ontario. It is a non-profit organization that works with refugees to ensure that they know they belong as they make a new home in Canada.