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Tribal Hindu Deity Durga Shakti 925 Silver Hematite Necklace, Diwali Navratri Necklace

This necklace features a big Durga amulet from Rajasthan, India in 925 hallmark silver and powerful natural Brazilian hematite beads along with silver beads from Jaipur and Africa.
(The Durga pendant is contemporary silver and not a vintage piece.)

This amulet features Goddess Shakti in her Durga form, one of her ten forms that are revered during Durga Pooja or Navratras. In Indian mythology it is believed that Durga was born when Brahma, Vishnu and Shiv, the trinity of supreme divinity in Hinduism, were troubled by the atrocities of the demon Mahishasura and even their combined powers could do nothing to stop him. It was at this crucial point that Durga is said to have been born from the anger and helplessness of these three Gods. She is hence believed to be the supreme power or Shakti.

Hematite (different from "Hematine" which is a magnetic imitation of hematite) is one of the densest gemstones (though it is soft and has a slightly brittle tenacity and is to be handled with the same care as one would handle gemstones like Opal and Apatite) known and is believed to be a very powerful healing stone. It has been, since the Victorian times, used for alleviating blood-related disorders since it is thought to stimulate the absorption of iron and in turn, improve the supply and circulation of oxygen in the body. Hematite is also used for the relief of fever and pain from cramps. It is considered to be a grounding stone that has a cooling and calming effect. Mentally, it is thought to help calm the mind and clear the way for enhanced focus and concentration. Hematite is also an important stone in Chinese 'Feng Shui'.

A little fun fact: Hematite was used as red chalk for some of the earliest writing in human history. The first use of hematite is estimated to have been around 164,000 years ago. Red chalk mines dating back to 5000 BC have been found in Poland and Hungary.

The bicone shaped silver beads are vintage handmade African Berber beads. The four floral silver rondelle beads around the Berber silver beads are from Jaipur, India and are a higher quality silver than sterling 92.5%.

A Bali silver hook clasp completes the necklace. I added the "Brave" charm in honor of Maa Durga and with a prayer that this provides strength to the wearer and serves as a reminder of the "Brave" hidden within her. (The charm is a silver plated lead free, nickel free alloy.)

The necklace measures a little over 18 inches from end to end and sits majestic and powerful along the neckline.

The hematite has a burnt red metallic sheen which coupled with the patina on the silver makes it a very versatile piece to go with any outfit.

Due to the nature of Hematite, this necklace does have a significantly pleasing weight. It will make a very unique, heirloom worthy addition to your wardrobe.

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