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  • SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love this, and your pendent is outstanding!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Owl's Nest”:
    “It's a really beautiful piece. Love the colors and components, and am severely envious of your…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love that owl bar too! The beads you put with it are perfect!…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks kye! I found a site that sells Mag-Lok clasps for 1.99 and they…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Vintaj sells a natural brass magnet clasp I use a lot. It's really strong and matches…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Gorgeous. Love the colours and the focal.. How can you go wrong with owls…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks everyone! Kye and Moogie.....helpful tips are always appreciated.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I can see why you fell in love with that owl bar. It is so neat.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love the colors of the beads & how well they go with the bar &…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Ditto! and a Fave!…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Owl's Nest”:
    “So cute. Beads are also pefect compliment to the bar. I love your chain and jump…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Owl's Nest”:
    “This is so cute! Love the colors!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Absolutely, positively stunning!! You have found the perfect beads to go with the darling bracelet…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Thanks, again! I am in total agreement about Rena over at Jewelry Making Journal...lots of…” read »

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    Kerrycasey1956 on “Paint Drops”:
    “Will you be getting any more of the multi color teardrop chain in? I would love to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “All wrapped up...”:
    “I bow to your superior skills with wire! This is stunning, just so unique! Lots to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Celestial Connection”:
    “This has an "other-worldly" look. The colors and balance are perfect. And the focal! Really beautiful.…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendant is drop dead gorgeous! The whole piece is lovely and the clasp! Very nice!…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “This is stunning! I love the colors and I, too, am a huge fan of bronze.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Awww, thanks everyone. You're the best! Got the little bells from Lima! They ARE cute! And…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Hey Lynda, I know I wrote a comment but I don't see it here... So, I love…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Wow! This is so amazing! I never would have thought of putting all this together but…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The beads look fabulous with your pendent! I know how difficult it can be to take…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Gorgeous pendant - what a wonderful job you have made with it. The filigree echoes…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Just gorgeous Moogie. Such a rich looking set. There is so much to look…” read »

  • Snnje B
    Snnje B on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Love it!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Oops!!! I meant to say bronze.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Beautiful set!I agree with Fresh Baked- I keep looking at the necklace and find something new…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Earthy Mix”:
    “This is sooo beautiful! Love how the filigree compliments the detail in the pendant.…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love that pendant! Very pretty.…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Thanks so much everyone!…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Oh you are so good with polymer clay! Did you play with Playdoh alot as a…” read »

  • beadinggma
    beadinggma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Your work keeps getting more beautiful!!! The pendant is gorgeous and you have a knack…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Such a rich mix of metal and beads...especially on the layered necklace. Every inch has something…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendent is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing more of your PC work.…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Celestial Connection”:
    “Fun and edgy set of jewelry...Love the iridescent colors!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “A beautiful, simply elegant set where every element speaks affectionately with every other one. I'd wear…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Pendant, gorgeous. Beads, also. What really catches my attention is the clasp arrangement! It's really pretty…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Absolutely beautiful! This caught my eye as soon as I opened the page. I love your…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Earthy Mix”:
    “I love the pendant! The beads enhance it so well, also. The colors are…” read »

Cooperative Mind

About this design:

This necklace grew out of the Fresh Pick that I did (2011 Literacy Design). The little circle is my test for color/stone combination--it joins my line of Rock Circle pendants.

I see the rough Black Tourmaline pendant as the literacy student that I start with but ultimately turn into someone with higher self-esteem and capabilities as they retrain their brain to establish connections which enable decoding of phonemes (the building blocks of words).

Here's what the metaphysical lore says:
Pink Tourmaline brings balance between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Malachite encourages risk-taking and change, breaks unwanted ties and outworn patterns, and enables you to absorb and process information. Black tourmaline is a grounding stone that increases one’s well-being. This combination of stones might assist the dyslexic brain as it is retrained to process phonemes.


Black Tourmaline, Pink Tourmaline, Malachite, Sterling silver

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    This is not only very beautiful, but meaningful as well! Thank you so much for the explanation of your life’s work and the meaning of the stones you chose. I can tell from your words that you bring great understanding, caring, and encouragement to your students! :D

  2. Science Chick Runs Sibes
    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    Thanks, Deb. Yes, I care very deeply about eradicating illiteracy. As a literacy tutor of adults and adolescents I see the devastating effects that not being able to read while knowing (but not always believing) that one is intelligent can have on the self-esteem of those students. Dyslexia is genetically inherited and is present in about 15-20% of the population world-wide.

    Oops–getting off my soapbox now. :?

  3. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    As far as I’m concerned you can stay on your soapbox for as long as you like. Having raised a son with vision problems and reading difficulties I can appreciate what you are doing.

    BTW, the necklace is terrific. :D

  4. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Green, pink & black are a killer combination… just like Ma Nature’s creation, Ruby Zoisite.

  5. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    very pretty!!!!

  6. Atomic Toad
    Atomic Toad says:

    I do like these colors, and the fact that they are stones makes it so rich.

  7. Dora H
    Dora H says:

    so very pretty, love the color combo !!!

  8. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    I have always believed that reading is the key to knowledge! Please continue the work you do and I love the design!

  9. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    This is very pretty!

  10. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    What a fabulous design! :D

  11. Science Chick Runs Sibes
    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    I truly enjoy the feedback here in the Design Gallery. Thanks to you all.

    Little Round Chick–hope your son is doing well in school thanks to your efforts. What I see is that the schools aren’t up to helping the students with dyslexia. Too large of classes and I don’t think the Edu schools are preparing Elementary (the first line) teachers with how to recognize and deal with it. And, a simple modification of how ALL students in K and 1st are taught the basics of reading would help the mild- to-moderate dyslexics (probable 2/3 of the total Ds) and would benefit every child in the long run. It wouldn’t cost any more AND a teacher could instruct a parent, aide or volunteer in how to continue the work with the moderate-to-severe children.

  12. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    This is beautiful and great meaning behind it as well. SLS

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    K H says:

    Great use of color!!! It’s pink and green, but not at all “Preppy Handbook” (Is anyone else old enough to remember that book?)

  14. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    I like this, and love the gemstone selection too! :)

  15. Science Chick Runs Sibes
    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    Thanks, Shannon and KH, for your appreciative comments. I hesitated over combining the malachite and pink tourmaline but the texture of the chips plus the black tourmaline tames the pink/green contrast.

    KH-I’ve never read/seen the “Preppy Handbook”, but the first bikini swimsuit that I wore was bright green and with shocking pink polka dots. Guess that dates me, too.

  16. Science Chick Runs Sibes
    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    LynnG–thanks. Didn’t fresh my screen before replying to Shannon and KH. So, I missed your comment.

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