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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

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    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.

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    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

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    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! :)

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    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.

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    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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