This one of a kind silver and stone medicine box has been constructed of Chrysocolla Cuprite and 26 gauge Sterling silver. The lid is crowned by a genuine Zuni badger fetish hand carved by Adrian Cachini (see below).
Chrysocolla Cuprite, also known as Sonora Sunset, and sometimes Sonora Sunrise, is named for the lovely and colorful sunsets over the Sonoran Desert, from which it is found. The blue/green is Chrysocolla, the red is Cuprite, and the black is Iron. Chrysocolla is named from the Greek chrysos (gold) and kola (glue), in allusion to the name of the material used to solder gold. Cuprite is named from the Latin, cuprum, meaning copper. This Chrysocolla Cuprite is from the Milpillas Mine in Sonora, Mexico. Its hardness ranges from 2.0 to 7.0 on the Mohs scale.
Chrysocolla is known as a healing stone among Native American Indian cultures where it was used for strengthening the body’s resistance and bringing about feelings of tranquility.
Metaphysically, chrysocolla is associated with serenity, tranquility, peace, patience, tolerance, acceptance, unconditional love, meditation, calmness, hope, gentleness, and sensitivity. Cuprite assists us in dealing with female relationships, mother, sister, daughter, wife or a female partner. It is also said to be helpful in dealing with major problems: irrational anxieties, terror from past traumas, and fear of dying. This stone is a powerful gateway that gives vigor and vitality to the soul to fight the challenging situations of life.
The Sterling silver fusing the box also strengthens the connection between the astral and physical planes, while enhancing the energies of the stone it surrounds. Place your herbs, keepsakes, or medicine in the Native American Medicine box to infuse them with these powerful, timeless energies. Experience the power of Native American Medicine and own an amazingly unique fusion of art and ancient power. This medicine box has been topped by a genuine Zuni badger fetish carved from yellow banded onyx. Onyx is strength giving. It provides support in difficult or confusing circumstances and during times of enormous mental or physical stress. It centers your energy and aligns it with a higher power. Onyx helps you access higher guidance and its connection with the whole. It can take you forward to view the future and with its capacity to impart personal strength, helps you to be the master of your destiny. This stone promotes vigor, steadfastness, and stamina. Onyx helps you to learn lessons by imparting self-confidence and helping you to be at ease in your surroundings.
To the Zuni, the badger is one of the directional animals, representing the South, as well as the color red. The badger controls the functioning of agriculture. Though small in size, it is powerful and strong-willed, enabling it to be victorious over animals larger than itself. When cornered it shows boldness, fearlessness, and determination. Badgers symbolize affection and constancy, never quitting until the goal objective has been achieved. They live near the soil and have extreme awareness of earth.
Adrian Cachini is a young Zuni carver who makes a variety of fetish carvings from pipestone and other attractive stones. Adrian is a great grandson of Sepo Ponchuella who was a jeweler most of his life and started carving fetishes later in life.
Box measures: 4 5/8″ X 3 3/8″ X 3″ H (without fetish)