This Ancient Love - Sophia Necklace
This necklace is a part of my 'This Ancient Love' collection which is inspired by the words of a hymn by Carolyn McDade that speaks of the divine feminine. Here's the first verse:
"Long before the night was born from darkness
Long before the dawn rolled unsteady from fire
Long before she wrapped her scarlet arms around the hills
there was a love
this ancient love was born." - Carolyn McDade
I named the creations in this collection after a specific goddess or an aspect of the divine feminine.
This necklace is named 'Sophia' which means 'wisdom' is Greek.
In the Hebrew Bible (which as translated into Greek) God's wisdom is personified as a woman.
"An explicit way of speaking about the mystery of God in female symbol is the biblical figure of Wisdom. This is the most developed personification of God's presence and activity in the Hebrew Scriptures. ... The biblical depiction of Wisdom is itself consistently female, casting her as sister, mother, female beloved, chef and hostess, preacher, judge, liberator, establisher of justice, and a myriad of other female roles wherein she symbolizes transcendent power ordering and delighting in the world. She pervades the world, both nature and human beings, interacting with them all to lure them along the right path to life." - Elizabeth A. Johnson, 'She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse'.
Wear this necklace to be reminded of the ancient love from which all life came.
Wear this necklace to remember that your life is held in this divine presence.
Wear this necklace to be empowered by sacred feminine Wisdom.
This one of a kind necklace is hand-fabricated using ancient silversmithing techniques in my home studio in Kitchener, Ontario.
It features a cabochon stone called 'Phosphosiderite' which is a soft mauve colour. (Please note that the colour on your screen may vary slightly from the actual colour of the stone.) The stone is set in fine silver and 10 karat gold surrounds it. The remaining details are carefully crafted out of sterling silver.
The pendant measures 1.6cm wide by 2cm long.
The sterling silver chain is 18 inches long.
It closes with a handmade hook clasp featuring my maker's stamp.