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Watcher Necklace

Watcher Necklace   This necklace includes:
*Marble frog with inlaid turquoise by Alex Poncho, signed "AP"
*Natural Arizona turquoise nugget beads
*Black onyx shapes
*Sterling bezel, beads and findings
*Signed, dated

Length:  17" - 21" (43cm - 53cm)
Frog:  7/8" x 1 1/4" (2cm x 3cm)
Weight:  .9 oz (26gm)

Photo: Melinda Holden

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The carver used the natural green and black colors in this piece of marble to make a precious tiny frog with inlaid eyes and spots of turquoise. The composition is simple and delicate, with tiny turquoise nuggets and black onyx shapes. I set eyes on the back too, as though the creature were floating underwater, watching.

The frog is associated with cleansing, also with transformation and fertility (see references below). Frogs are amphibians, "amphi" and "bios" mean "double life." It is often mentioned that they are animals of water (tadpole stage) and of land (as adults), but sometimes I think writers ignore the frog's astounding ability to fly through the air with their prodigious leaps. As a person who was gifted with an extraordinary number of tree frogs while I was living in my trailer after the fire, I can affirm that even the tiny tree frogs are able to move astonishing distances in a single bound, easily able to avoid capture by me and fortunately by Sombrita, the kitty who adopted me recently. Once I'd finally catch one, I would cup the dear baby in my hands, terrified of squashing it. More than once the little rascal would pry my fingers open before I could get it to the door and would escape again! To think that a creature which is only an inch or two long has the strength and intelligence to pry a person's fingers apart like that is an amazing contemplation in itself. I have been outwitted by many creatures though, so I'm rather used to it.

The question arose for me in relation to the generous gifts of visiting tree frogs: "when does an omen become a plague?" There is a fascinating study of the plagues of Egypt by John S. Marr M.D. ( which attempts to show the biological progression of the successive disasters. (You may recall the plague of frogs was the second in the series.) He contends that the plague of the river of blood was a toxic bloom of the alga Physteria which killed the fish that would normally have eaten the eggs of the Bufo toad, hence the second plague. However, the Rev. J. G. Wood, M.A., F.L.S., Etc. is certain that the plague was of green frogs Rana esculenta, not toads. I hope I'm not offending anyone by mentioning possible biological explanations for the plagues. I do believe that God works in mysterious ways through the living body of His creation, so it doesn't seem sacrilegious to examine these possibilities. I concluded that my little frogs brought only blessings and was sorry to see the summer bounty end when I finally figured out how they were sneaking in!

Well there, I've wittered on again. Are you still reading? If so, I hope you enjoyed my little wanderings! Your own frog is waiting...

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