This extremely nice Grasshopper Fossil is around 50 million years old and is from the Green River in Colorado. It hangs with a real Japanese Maple leaf that is electroplated with Bronze, a real fossil Claw, and a beautiful Leaf Fossil that is authentic. That leaf fossil has impressions that are deep and beautiful on both the front and the back. The wire art is antiqued bronze as is the chain.
The Grasshopper stone including the bail and the leaf measures 2.2 x 2" and the claw measures 1.5 x .50", the fossil leaf measure 3 x 1.6". This piece is also lightweight is weighs on 3.5 oz. The matrix of the grasshopper is a type of porcelain shale.
The wire art is antique bronze wire as is the rest of the wire and chain. This piece brags excellent composition, texture, color and interest.
SCIENCE & MYTH
In many traditions, the grasshopper is a symbol for "An Enlightened One."
As a cultural symbol, this insect is a prominent feature in Asian traditions. For instance, the Japanese connect its molting phases with the wax and wane of the moon. Further still, the Japanese cherished the song of this creature (particularly the long-horned grasshopper), and believed the moon coaxed the music from them.
As a Chinese symbol, the grasshopper offers attributes of longevity, happiness, good health, good luck, wealth, abundance, fertility and virtue. In fact, grasshoppers were thought to be fertility symbols; specifically omens of the birth of a son (hence, another reason for its good luck symbol status as sons are considered prized gems within the setting of the family).
In certain regions of China, grasshoppers were kept as family pets and it was believed grasshoppers embodied the personalities of family members who were deceased. Keeping these reincarnate souls in the form of grasshoppers insured prosperity amongst the family members.
In Ancient Greece the grasshopper is a status symbol. Athenians would adorn themselves with golden grasshopper hair combs and brooches as an indication of nobility. The grasshopper is also a symbol of immortality as we see in Greek myth when Zeus grants immortality to Tithonus, who was later transformed into a grasshopper (who of course, lived forever).
In Native American Indian symbology and tribal lore (specifically the Iroquois nation) grasshopper symbolism deals with messages of glad tiding. In this context, the grasshopper is a harbinger of good news. Indeed, when this creature is seen on spirit walks, it is a sign that the seer will receive profoundly joyful news that will benefit the entire community.
Whether the effects of stones and crystals such as this are real or merely a placebo effect is unknown. All we know for certain is that the use of gemstones in healing goes back centuries. And we know that modern science has discovered some surprising applications for the unique properties of certain crystals as all stones and crystals are made up of the same things that make up our bodies!
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