Women's Mystic Crescent Necklace
About)). A moon-shaped crescent is suspended from a golden chain. A repeating brick wall pattern has been engraved onto the bail; this is a reference to secret societies that have incorporated the inverted crescent into their ritual decorations for centuries. An ancient symbol that's a little bit , a little celestial, and a little woo-woo hippie, too. Layers well with other necklaces. Details)). Handmade in our Brooklyn studio. Materials: gold fill chain, carved bone crescent, brass bail. Measurements: crescent is 1" wide and tall, chain is 18". Inspiration)). The shape is loosely based on a jewel that the Shriners (a fraternal organization) use as a decorative element in their ritual garments. Although I am not a member myself, I collect antique jewels from all kinds of brotherhoods (and sisterhoods). To create a feeling of reverence, elements from diverse cultures were often mish-mashed together - for example, the crescent was probably appropriated from Islamic art. The keystone bail, engraved with a brick-wall pattern, references the Masons, who were builders. And please note that I am in NO WAY an expert on fraternal jewellery - I just like it and am inspired by it. This is a very, VERY simplified explanation of the elaborate meanings behind fraternal symbols. If you want to truly dive into the mystical symbolism of the scimitar and crescent, I suggest you start here.