Ix Balam Power Medicine Necklace| Back to the Ancestors
From the signature line "Back to the Ancestors" this power piece was created in 2017 as the first ofrenda to the ancestors that came to me in my dreams. I dreamt of rotten ofrendas, the temples of Teotihuacan, and the Maya twins Xbalanque and HunahPu. The creation of this body of work has lead me on an unbelievable journey back to the motherland and the reclamation of my name and path. All of the jewelry in this line has been blessed at sacred sites, ceremony, and in danza over their 6 year pilgrimage. This body of work marks a beginning to the line of work I will be pursuing here onward.
This necklace was elaborated using traditional jewelry smithing, etching, and electroforming to create. They feature the etched and hand-drawn image of the Balam nahual, the shape-shifting man, the medicine man, the priest of the Jaguar. It was patina'd with a beautiful oxidization and sealed. It has four garnet crystals encrusted in the four directions to symbolize the love that binds us and leads us outward. That our connection is magic. It is fully one piece, woven together with Moqui Balls (intermediaries of spirit), ocean jasper, and tiger's eye. This piece was beaded with Mexican Jade, silver sheen obsidian, and tiger's eye.
This one of a kind necklace is a Power Piece, designed to help you connect to the power of the jaguar, your inner potency and the magic of the universe that flows through you. You are taking home a piece of art, and a piece of my heart. Blessings.