The Volva. Vintage Crystal Ball Rosary Necklace. Barleycorn Version.
A refurbished vintage rosary fragment is transformed into a divination tool with a beautiful crystal sphere made of genuine rock crystal hanging from it. Vintage rosary fragment of pale topaz coloured glass beads with a rustic 'English cut' shape make for a beautiful, one of a kind piece.
- Necklace is 24" (61cm) long with a 5" (12.5cm) drop including crystal sphere
- Necklace closes with a brass plated pewter clasp
- The rosary itself dates from the early 20th century
- I have repaired the fragment including a Nepalese brass skull bead, inspired by memento mori skulls on vintage nun's rosaries
- The connector is darkened with age and use and heavily patina'ed. It features Our Lady of Sorrows and Jesus as the Man of Sorrows
- Topaz coloured beads have a lovely hue and rustic shape. They remind me of harvest home hues of Mabon--I've named this after the pagan Man of Sorrows, John Barleycorn
- I have lovingly repaired and up-cycled this vintage piece
This necklace was inspired by the crystal ball talismans found buried with Viking völvas or seeresses. Some say crystals can feel and behave like living beings. It is a beautiful stone and feels very vibrant in the hand.
All my jewellery is made by hand by my partner Mike and myself in a converted 18th century naval school on the wild North coast of Scotland. All pieces come gift wrapped.