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Alton Barnes Necklace

Alton Barnes Necklace   This necklace includes:
*Crazy lace agate cut by Eidos
*Pearls, keshi pearls
*Jasper and crazy lace agate beads
*South African sunstone
*Moonstones (on prongs)
*Sterling bezel and findings
*Signed, dated

Length:  14.5" - 21" (37 cm - 53 cm)
Centerpiece:  3.25" x 1.125" (8 cm x 3 cm)
Weight:  3.6 oz (100 gm)

Photo: Melinda Holden

  Item #364                       SOLD

Leigh left the drusy-encrusted bottom edge of this dramatically-colored crazy lace cabochon in its natural state, making a most interesting shape. The necklace is needlewoven, encrusted with pearls and beads. Tiny moonstones sit on the prongs.

The swirling lines in the stone reminded me of the Quetzalcoatl crop circle (sometimes called the "coiled serpent") which appeared at Alton Barnes/Alton Prior in 1999. (See the Amazon links to some of my favorite crop circle books below if you have any interest.) According to Freddy Silva's web site, this formation was symbolic of the end of the Aztec calendar which was being celebrated at Teotihuacan the same night it appeared. Silva and three others observed black military helicopters conducting "reconnaissance experiments" over this formation while the helicopters ignored the hoaxed circle only 100' away. More fascinating crop circle lore! The stone also shows a curious view of the Wiltshire landscape in the central image. The back has a sterling overlay depicting the famous crop circle.

Before you dismiss me as a lunatic for mentioning crop circles, you may wish to consider the fascinating story of the astronomer Gerald Hawkins, former chair of the Astronomy Department at Boston University. It was his letter in Science News years ago which attracted my attention to the crop circle phenomenon. I also thought all crop circles were hoaxes (and yes of course, many ARE hoaxes). Hawkins astounded readers by announcing he had discovered a new theorem in geometry through his study of crop circles. (Actually, he discovered five theorems, the first four turned out to be special cases of the fifth.) You must realize that everyone thought Euclid had exhausted geometry. For over 2,000 years it has been assumed there were no more theorems to prove. Here came the highly respected astronomer saying there was another one! It was truly astonishing news! I myself labored over the problem he presented, but of course did not come up with the theorem. Now realize that the hoaxers are always claiming to have made this or that circle, and Hawkins wanted to let the hoaxers prove themselves to be the makers of the crop circles once and for all -- all they had to do was publish the theorem embodied in the circles. Nobody responded to his challenge, and eventually he published the theorem. The more you study the supposedly "real" crop circles, the more mysterious they become. It's wonderful to have a bit of magic appearing in today's world, wouldn't you agree?

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