Waratah Dreaming – Pendant
This limited edition botanically inspired pendant features an intricate hand-sawn silhouette of a waratah flower soldered into an oval silver frame. This silhouette was sketched from the native Australian species Telopea Speciosissima, of the red variety. This piece was incredibly enjoyable to create, and very time consuming. Drilling, Layering, hand-stamping, sawing, texturing, soldering, and polishing are just some of the steps taken to bring it to life. Each process done with care and accuracy to create a piece that will last a lifetime.
Created in recycled sterling silver, this precious metal has been oxidised (blackened) and then lightly polished, but left with a satin shine.
Dimensions – This oval pendant measures approximately 35mm high X 20mm wide (at its highest and widest points) Created entirely from reclaimed and recycled Sterling Silver, The Gauge (thickness) of the silver is 1mm making the piece strong and durable.
Made with lots of love, care, heart and soul.
This pendant is ‘ready to go’ so please enjoy prompt shipping! This piece is part of a limited edition series where I have duplicated this design. Each will be slightly different, but all to a high standard.
RGSilver Products always come packaged which is also perfect for gift giving.
This pendant comes with a fine, excellent quality sterling silver chain. (you have a choice of lengths- see images below for an idea of where each chain length will sit)
My Makers Mark and a Sterling Silver 925 Hallmark are on the reverse of this pendant.
Two well-known Dreamings about the Waratah focus upon the tragic consequences of lost love. In one , two Wonga pigeons live together in a rich, lush forest. One day the female bird notices her mate is no longer by her side, so she searches for him, calling out for him. She cannot find him, so in a panic she flies above the canopy of the forest where a hungry and ever-vigilant hawk sees her and, swooping down, grabs her and clutches her in his sharp talons. She manages to wriggle free and plummets down, finally falling onto a white Waratah blossom, her blood staining its petals to red. From then on, Waratahs are generally red; it is very rare to find one that is white.
In the other tragic Dreaming , a young woman loves a hunter who leaves the camp daily in search of food. She would always wait for his return upon a hill, from which she could see his arrival. She also wore a bright red cloak made from the red tail feathers of a black cockatoo and this would be the first thing the hunter would see in the distance when he got close to camp. One day he did not return and she remained there in hope until she died. Her body was transformed into the Waratah, its red colouring symbolising her cloak, and the stall stem upon which it stands as well as its serrated leaves are said to represent the young warrior’s spear.
(excerpt taken from the website Native Symbols.info/waratah)