Night Thistle is a brand new design! Night Thistle is inspired by my home in the Rocky Mountains where the Summers are filled with giant thistles as tall as a person. There is something haunting and beautiful about a prehistoric plant covered in thorns capturing the endless attention of tiny bees and delicate butterflies. Insects of all varieties literally swarm the fluffy purple tops of the thistles. To capture their beauty, I’ve depicted the Night Thistle under a crescent moon and starry sky in the Art Deco style which influences me so greatly. Unbeknownst to most, the Thistle is actually a relative of the Sunflower. In ancient France, the thistle was called both the “Herb of Witches” as well as “Flower of the Sun”. They believed that witches could not look into the sun (as thistles do) so thought of them as an icon to ward off evil. To the Celts, the thistle was a symbol of durability, strength, determination, and devotion. To the Victorians, it was a talisman for warding off unwanted meddling; a symbol of protection. In metaphysical circles, thistles are used for protection, prosperity, endurance, and vitality.
Crystal Ball Rollerball Necklaces feature my signature spheres permanently post-mounted in the style of fine pearls! Each one is drilled by hand so that it can be fitted with the perfect cup and post. This is a popular technique used by other fine jewelers on pearl jewelry, modified to suit my crystal balls. Each crystal ball is doubly reinforced with a sturdy decorative base, creating my unique floating effect. This crystal ball in particular has also been bejeweled with matching Amethyst Swarovski crystals.
Princess Crystal Ball Necklaces were designed by popular request! Each sphere is the smallest size available with the most invisible setting possible. Making the Princess style smaller allows for a super strong design without fringe. Packed with just as much detail as the Queen Crystal Ball, the Princess Crystal Ball is the perfect option for those who prefer more petite necklaces.
The Crystal Ball featured on this Rollerball Necklace is Amethyst. Crystals and stones found within my collections are gem-quality specimens curated by artisanal lapidaries and family operated mines. These crystals were curated especially for my rollerball necklaces.
Amethyst is the most valuable crystal in the quartz family. Amethyst gets its purple color from iron oxide in the quartz, and it has more iron than any other type of quartz. After the stone crystalizes, radioactive gamma rays from deep inside the earth irradiate the iron, turning it purple. (These formations happened millions of years ago, Amethyst is not radioactive). Amethyst was once called the “Gem of Fire” in ancient times because it was thought to contain the fire energy from the belly of the earth, an energy that is creative, passionate, and spiritual. In a way, the ancients were correct! In the metaphysical world, Amethyst connects with the Divine. It is thought the deeper the hue, the higher the iron content, the stronger the connection. This connection is what makes Amethyst the ideal stone for creatives, often even being called the Artist’s Stone.
Rollerball Necklaces are customizable in length and coupled with a sterling silver chain. Chains feature a .925 diamond cut. Full Metal Rollerball Necklaces come with a 2ml bottle wrapped in solid silver. Necklaces arrive with a roller since oils are the most common use, but are entirely optional and can be sealed with anything of your choosing! Necklaces are further customizable by removing the roller from the bottle and many customers have opted to use their necklaces for keepsakes, specimens, or memorials. Bottles are shown with an inert carrier, but essential oils are not included. Rollerball necklaces are refillable and coupled with a refill/care kit. If you would like to purchase more bottles in other sizes or colors find glass bottles here or consider adding extra crystal energy with a gemstone roller bottle here. Full Metal pieces are interchangeable with any bottle or necklace from Bead and Bones.