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Robin McGauley

Belonging Necklace

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$400.00 CAD
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Sale price
$400.00 CAD

Belonging is a basic human need. 
I loved working with the image of the bee and exploring its relationships to flowers and honeycomb - nourishment and home. 
This is the bee's circle of belonging. 

The wearer of this necklace is invited to embody the following blessing as a gift to the world: 

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 stone that hangs from the pendant is a rose cut silky sapphire. It is set in fine silver. 
The stone measures 12mm long x 14mm wide. 

The back of the pendant is constructed in fine silver.
23.5k gold is fused to the silver using a Korean technique called 'Keum Boo'. 

The pendant measures 4.52cm wide and 6.3cm long (measured from the top of the bail to the bottom of the stone). 

The chain is completely handcrafted in sterling silver. I made every single link and soldered them all shut. The chain is 18.5 inches long. It closes with a handmade hook clasp. 

The silver on the pendant and the chain has been darkened using a patina called liver of sulfur. It creates a lovely richness to this piece. 

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10% of the sale of this necklace will be donated 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.