Three large Roman glass eye beads in black, white, and cobalt blue are capped in silver and flanked by my silver “grotesque” face beads, strung on a very long hand-knit silver chain, with my signature serpent hook closure in silver.
In many cultures, ancient and modern, eye patterns are amulets of protection, representing always open eyes that watch for danger, even while the wearer sleeps. This protective energy is enhanced by ornate beads with the type of faces called “grotesques”, related to gargoyles and sharing their protective function.
Gargoyles, which also act as water spouts, and grotesques, which are similar creatures but without spouts, stand watch over buildings and, through their strange and fearsome appearance, ward off danger. In our time, these characters are most often seen on cathedrals, but the tradition dates back to the pagan peoples who practiced their religion long before the cathedrals, but often on the same vortex locations.
In jewelry-sized form, these faces add character to this necklace, as well as uniting with the ever-seeing eyes on the beads to create an amulet of protection and safety with an ancient, pagan energy.