This one of a kind silver and stone medicine box has been constructed of Coquina jasper and 26 gauge sterling silver. The lid is crowned with a genuine Zuni turtle fetish hand carved by Georgianne Quandelacy.
Coquina jasper is a beautiful semi precious gemstone material from India and is also known as Elephant Jasper, Elephant Skin Jasper, Cobra Stone, Calligraphy Stone, or Script Stone. Coquina is the Spanish word for cockleshells or shellfish. Coquina Jasper is a consolidated sedimentary rock mainly composed of the mineral calcite, with included bits of seashells or coral. Coquina Jasper forms near the shore, where wave action is vigorous, and the tiny shells and coral pieces land. It has a hardness of 6.5 to 7.0 on the Mohs scale and is usually a mixture of brown, orange, and red, with yellowish streaks.
The metaphysical qualities of the stone Jasper remind us of our call to the service of others. Jasper absorbs negative energy and also acts as a stone of protection. It helps one remain grounded and centered, stabilizing the aura, while also sustaining and supporting us through times of stress. Japsper also helps bring tranquility and wholeness. 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.
The medicine box has been topped by a genuine Zuni turtle fetish carved from red banded onyx, with turquoise inlay. Onyx is a strength giving stone, providing support during times of extreme mental and physical stress. It centers your energy to align you with higher energy.
To the Zuni, the turtle represents Mother Earth. It is the symbol of tenacity, protection, longevity, and fertility. The turtle is associated with self-reliance, non-violent defense, and being a skillful navigator through life’s obstacles.
Georgia Quandelacy is noted for her animals with multicolor heartlines and sunface inlays. Her moles are important for any small six directional set and her necklaces with sunface inlays are quite attractive. She is the daughter of the late Ellen and Dixie Quandelacy of Zuni Pueblo. She and most of her nine siblings became carvers or jewelers. Ellen Quandelacy and her children are credited with numerous innovations in fetish carving, one of them being the “grandmother” fetish necklace, which includes fetishes carved by multiple family members.
Box measures: 5”L x 4”W x 3 3/8” Tall (without fetish).