Delicate hand cut disks of the sacred mother of pearl from abalone shells grace these understated 1.25" dangles on gold hooks.
In some Native cultures, the shell of the abalone is to burn sage.
The combined spiritual power of abalone and sage would take their messages to the creator.
There is an Apache story that explains the significance of this shell in their ancient culture.
The Apache nation believes there is a connection between the shell and the first woman - known as White Painted Woman. She is also known as Esdzanadehe or Changing Woman. She survives a flood in the shell of an abalone.
As the floodwaters recede, she walks the land. She is impregnated by the sun and has a son. This son becomes the Killer of Enemies, protecting her from evil.
She is later impregnated by the rain and births the Son of Water. At the end of the White Painted woman's life, she walks east until she finds her young self. The two merge, and in this way, she is born over and over again, through endless generations.
This is why the puberty ceremony for Apache girls - the Sunrise Ceremony, involves the shell of the abalone. It is a symbol of new womanhood fusing with previous generations of the White Painted Woman.
The shell is a way through which the girls connect to their spiritual heritage. The abalone power teaches the girls of their spiritual power as women, and their ability to heal, as they 'become a woman'.
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