This one of a kind silver and stone medicine box has been constructed of Verdite and 26 gauge Sterling silver. The lid is crowned by a genuine Zuni bear fetish hand carved by Reynold Lunasee (see below).
Verdite is the trade name for a Fuchsite based, dark-green metamorphic rock discovered in South Africa. Verdite is considered to be a variety of fuchsite, which in turn, is a variety of muscovite. The green color of verdite is due to traces of chromium. It has been used by South African natives for hundreds of years as an ornamental stone and for amulets. It has a hardness of 3.0 on the Mohs scale. Verdite is thought to impart power, wisdom, reliability, fertility, strength, and honesty. Verdite is beneficial to the heart chakra, which is associated with decision making, love, compassion and psychic healing.
Metaphysically, Verdite assists in the retrieval of wisdom and regains memories of past lives. Verdite helps you to be more in control of your life, corrects mental and emotional imbalances and assists the conscious direction of healing energy toward
Physically, verdite is believed to benefit the skin, hands, the lungs, the endocrine system, and the thymus gland. Verdite may be used to cleanse the blood, treat disorders of the heart, provide anti-poison during toxic states, assist in raising diminished oxygenation within the body, counterbalance dizziness, and treat genital disorders.
The Sterling silver fusing the box strengthens the connection between the astral and physical planes while enhancing the energies of the stone it surrounds.
Place your 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.
The bear fetish is hand carved from Serpentine with turquoise inlaid eyes. The word serpentine actually describes a group of several related minerals. It has a hardness of 2.0 to 5.0 on the Mohs scale, and can be white, yellow, green, gray, brown, black, or multicolored, with green and yellow being prevalent.
The metaphysical qualities of the stone serpentine can help one with remembering past lives, meditation, and spiritual exploration. It is also good for diabetes, hypoglycemia, and detoxing.
To the Zuni, the bear represents immense healing and is a symbol of supreme power, strength, solitude, and introspection. The bear is one of the Zuni’s six main directional guardians, protecting the West. It is believed that the power of the Great Spirit breathes within bear. He is a champion in helping us overcome the depression of the spirit that is often connected with the deep introspective cycle of change and growth. Bear reminds us that this type of isolation is actually a necessary state of hibernation. His wisdom reminds us that solitude is an immense power that we all, at times, need to focus on, in order to connect to our inner world. Bear teaches us how to go within and find the primal source that is essential for our survival. The Zuni regard the bear as invaluable when facing change, transition, and growth.
Reynold Lunasee is an accomplished Zuni fetish carver. Reynold carves stylized Zuni bears, mountain lions, and other animals from a variety of attractive stones. Reynold Lunasee is married to established Zuni carver, Georgette Quam.
Box measures: 4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ (without fetish).