The Janus Necklace - is a delicate, light weight, flat charm necklace. Hand carved vermeil pendant: sterling silver at the core dipped in a thick layer of high grade 14K gold, sits on a on 14K gold filled 18" cable chain. Entirely made in the Santa Cruz California Mountains by Amber Duncan of Mountainside Jewelry.
Janus was the god of beginnings and transitions in Roman mythology, and presided over passages, doors, gates and endings, as well as in transitional periods such as from war to peace. As a god of beginnings and transitions both in literal and abstract ways, Janus was also responsible for motion, changes, and time. He was usually depicted as having two faces looking at opposite ways, one towards the past and the other towards the future.
Mountainside Jewelry opposes mass production and instead intends to promote the beauty of primeval craft with a focus on longevity and imperfection. Amber gathers ideas and inspiration from museums, books, architecture, nature, folklore, family heirlooms and long lost vintage jewelry discovered in flea markets and antique shops. Her designs focus on movement, texture, comfort and simplicity. She is fascinated by the stories behind symbolic images and organic forms, the curious lore and sentimentality of objects and emblems, the past uses and mythologies surrounding gemstones and talismans. For each piece, a new story begins.
14K Gold Plate over Sterling Silver pendant with a 14K Gold Filled cable chain
Pendant is .5" across