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La Belle au Bois Dormant

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This necklace was made by me and can be found in my Etsy shop, Two Horse Shoe. It was inspired by the Sleeping Beauty Fairy Tale and is made from an oxidized brass colored, choker length chain, two wire-wrapped glass specimen vials, and a rusty vintage key. The shorter glass vial is filled with dried rose petals and sealed and adorned with brass colored wire and tiny peridot chip “leaves”. The longer glass vial is filled with needle-sharp honey locust thorns and sealed and adorned with beads of blood red garnet. The key is a very old steel key with a time-worn, beautifully rusty patina.

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*** The honey locust thorns are lethally sharp Sharp enough and strong enough to puncture a car tire. While the vial is corked and sealed with wire, please use every caution necessary to keep these away from kids, pets, and other pierce-able valuables. By purchasing this item, you agree that neither my shop nor I will be held responsible should you injure yourself or someone else. The purchaser assumes sole and full responsibility for keeping the contents of this item secure. Should the vial break, handle the thorns with extreme caution and dispose of them responsibly. ***

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Honey Locust Thorns (Source: Wikipedia)

La Belle au Bois Dormant translates as “The Beauty Sleeping in the Woods” and is the title of the French version, written by Charles Perrault, of the Sleeping Beauty or Little Briar Rose Fairy Tale. A good version of the Perrault tale can be found HERE

But I should warn you… It involves witchcraft, illicit love affairs, and ogres attempting to eat children. And still it is considerably more child friendly than one of the earliest versions of the Sleeping Beauty tale, “Sun, Moon, and Talia”, recorded by Giambattista Basile. Disney wouldn’t touch THAT version with a 10 foot pole. In fact, I would call it more of a horror fable. It involves extramarital love affairs, rape, cannibalism of children, attempted murder, and suicide via being eaten by wild animals. It would give my kids nightmares for months! But you can read it HERE

There are several uses for thorns in Voodoo and Hoodoo rituals – trapping evil spirits, as pins in voodoo dolls, for protection and revenge spells, as tools to inscribe spells on various materials, and many more. Rose petals are also widely used, typically for love spells of various kinds. In this particular story, you could easily say that the spell that.caused the rose and thorn thicket to engulf Briar Rose’s castle was used to protect and preserve her until her “true love” could arrive.

The gemstone, Peridot, was once more valuable than diamonds. In fact, its name comes from the Greek word, peridona, which roughly translates as “giving plenty”, something of a theme in this particular tale.

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Garnets are tradionally used as symbols of affection and loyalty. These themes are also quite important to this tale. But even more interesting is their purported ability to warn the wearer of the proximity of evil or danger. If your garnet ever loses its luster, beware!

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The rusty key is my own symbol for Briar Rose’s imprisonment, both in sleep and in the impenetrable thorn thicket. I thought the rusty patina was appropriate for a key that had been unused for 100 years during the princess’s cursed slumber.

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