Ganesha Amulet History

Ganesha Amulet History

Amulets in Thailand have been a large part of the culture since its founding. In the 12th century when Buddhism was introduced in Thailand, monks adopted the practice of amulet making and carved amulets specific to their beliefs. At this time amulets were all hand made from earthen materials. Original amulets were formed from magical mixes of earth, herbs, and hemps. Amulets in Thailand are thought to bring luck or protection to the wearer. Our amulet is of Ganesha, a Hindu god that has the head of an elephant. Ganesha is the god of obstacles, specifically creating or removing them. In many countries Ganesha is considered the supreme god, who if not worshipped correctly can place obstacles in your life. In addition to obstacles, it is said that Ganesha can grant success. In Thailand Ganesa is given great respect and those who wear amulets with his depiction are said to be protected from obstacles in life, while also benefitting from enhanced prosperity and wisdom. The original amulet we cast our jewelry from is believed to be nearly 200 years old and was found in Nong Saeng, Thailand.
The Ammonite Cast History

The Ammonite Cast History

This pendant is just plain cool. When looking for new designs to offer I never dreamed a cast would make a good design but I am very pleased with the result!  Though the main design of the piece is from an ammonite, the fossil is actually just a cast of where an ammonite was once located, leaving its shape and detail indented in the mudstone. What makes our fossil unique and so appropriate for mold making is the composition. Typically, these casts occur in relatively soft oceanic rock, however, this one has been pryritized! This means the material that originally made up the cast was replaced by the mineral pyrite (fools gold) making it very hard and suitable for mold making. The shape of the fossil was also a happy accident. Even though the piece is not complete, we feel that it adds a certain uniqueness to the overall design. It reminds us of a crashing wave. This particular fossil originated in an outcrop located in Germany dating to the Jurassic period. This period occurred during the Mesozoic and is estimated to have occurred between 199.6 to 145.5 million years ago.  This is also one of our larger pendants at an inch and a half in diameter, but this was a relatively small animal. These ammonites were known to grow over three feet in diameter. We hope you enjoy this piece just as much as we do!
The Nautilus History

The Nautilus History

The Nautilus pendant is made from a pyritized ammonite (which is a cephalopod mollusk, sometimes referred to today as a nautilus). This piece is similar to the Ammonite Cast we have available but is the opposite fossil. Instead of being the cast, this piece is the mold, or the positive (representation of the actual animal). This piece was made from a mold that was created using the original fossil! Typically, these fossils occur in relatively soft oceanic rock, however, this one has been pryritized! This means the material that originally made up the fossil was replaced by the mineral pyrite (fools gold) making it very hard and suitable for mold making. This particular fossil originated in an outcrop located in Germany dating to the Jurassic period. This period occurred during the Mesozoic and is estimated to have occurred between 199.6 to 145.5 million years ago.  These ammonites were known to grow over three feet in diameter. We hope you enjoy this piece just as much as we do!
The Mollusk History

The Mollusk History

This pendant is one of our more unusual pieces. It offers a glimpse inside a coiled shell. The original mold for this piece was made using a cross section of a modern gastropod shell. This cross section allows onlookers to see various chambers throughout the piece which would have been the living chamber for the animal. Mollusks as we know them today are snails and slugs, some with smooth shells and some with heavily scalloped shells.  The gastropod belongs to the phylum Mollusca (or mollusks) and is characterized by intricate coiling shells. Historically, the gastropod shell design emerged nearly 485 million years ago during the Late Cambrian period. These first gastropods were exclusively marine and over time became one of the most prolific and varied groups with nearly 80,000 living gastropod species today.  We are very pleased with this piece because it allows people to see a common seashell from a new angle. We hope you like this piece as much as we do! 
Greek Arrowhead History

Greek Arrowhead History

The Greek Arrowhead pendant is truly a unique piece that we are very excited to offer! The original artifact dates approximately between 500 and 800 BC. These types of arrowheads were used through all types of warfare at this period in time. These arrows are found throughout the old Greek empire typically from metal detecting, as many pieces were launched and the arrows never recovered.  We are very excited to reproduce this once deadly piece into a beautiful jewelry piece that can be enjoyed by men and women alike! 
Somkhor Amulet

Somkhor Amulet

Amulets in Thailand have been a large part of the culture since its founding. In the 12th century when Buddhism was introduced in Thailand, monks adopted the practice of amulet making and carved amulets specific to their beliefs. At this time amulets were all hand made from earthen materials. Original amulets were formed from magical mixes of earth, herbs, and hemps. Amulets in Thailand are thought to bring luck or protection to the wearer. The Somkor is one of the most recognizable Buddhist amulets and is also one of the oldest designs. The oldest Somkhor amulets date back hundreds of years. The Somkhor, or Phra Som Kor, amulet is believed to bless the wearer with great fortune while protecting against poverty. This amulet belongs to the Benjapakee family of Buddhist amulets which consists of the five most popular amulet designs in Thailand. The original amulet we cast our jewelry from is believed to be nearly 200 years old and was found in Nong Saeng, Thailand.
The Glaukes/Athena Pendants

The Glaukes/Athena Pendants

The Glaukes (owl in Greek) and the Athena pendants are two sides to the same coin...literally. These two patterns are the obverse and reverse to a Greek tetradrachm which is highly prized among numismatists and is said to be one of the most influential coins of all time. This design was was used between 510 BC and 267 BC. The coin our pendants are molded from dates to sometime during the 5th century BC.  Athena was pictured on the obverse of the Greek tetradrachm (Athena pendant). Athena was supposedly the daughter of Zeus but was also supposedly his first wife. She is noted as the goddess of wisdom and warfare, two qualities ancient Greeks believed to be harmonious and intertwined. She was the patron goddess of Athens, one of the greatest cities in Greek Civilization.  The Athenian Owl pictured on the reverse of the Greek tetradrachm (The Glaukes pendant). The Owl was the attribute of Athena, she was said to take the form of her owl from time to time. The owl pictured on this piece is the Athene noctua also known as the Little Own or the Minerva Owl. The Owl then as today represents wisdom. The letters "AOE" accompanying the Owl on the reverse stand for the Greek letters alpha, theta, and epsilon and means "of the Athenians" denoting the people for whom the coin was made. 
Bai Poh Amulet

Bai Poh Amulet

Amulets in Thailand have been a large part of the culture since its founding. In the 12th century when Buddhism was introduced in Thailand, monks adopted the practice of amulet making and carved amulets specific to their beliefs. At this time amulets were all hand made from earthen materials. Original amulets were formed from holy mixes of earth, herbs, and hemps. Amulets in Thailand are thought to bring luck or protection to the wearer. The amulet we cast our pendant from originated in Nong Saeng, Thailand. This amulet is used to draw in wealth and fortune, but it is also used as a safety precaution to prevent dangerous situations and misfortune.
Ancient Honey Bee Pendant

Ancient Honey Bee Pendant

This Honey Bee Pendant is a fantastic example of early design from Ancient Rome. The original artifact dates to roughly 250-350 AD and was a gold gilded silver pendant. We have carefully molded this artifact and now have it available for purchase in your choice of silver or gold. This piece features ornately cared wings and stunning levels of detail that have been preserved through nearly 1,800 years of decay in the ground.