A stunning compass pendent by Peter Stone Jewellery, crafted in 925 Sterling Silver. This pendant comes with an Italian sterling silver 61cm/24inch curb chain. Width of the chain is about 3mm across the widest part of sterling silver curb chain by about 1mm.
A “curb” chain contains single loops of metal linked end to end, each loop angled slightly so that they fit together smoothly.
Total weight is 18g.
The compass is obviously used in navigation and finding your way, so when worn as a symbol it can be used to represent maintaining your course in life and not wavering and wasting time on things that aren’t on your path. The compass is quite a modern instrument, but in actual fact the use of the four directions of a compass is common to many ancient traditions, especially in the shamanistic paths. In the Native American tradition the compass is related to the medicine wheel, each of the four directions correlating to the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical aspects. Also in this tradition the other minor compass points (like NNE and SW etc) all have meanings too. These systems are very thorough and whole books have been written on them.
The medicine wheel normally follows a cycle of birth to death of ideas, normally entering in the east and going round to the north. In the East the sun rises, so this direction is often related to the birth of ideas and far sightedness and is often symbolised by the eagle. In the South this is the direction of innocence, and is often symbolised by the coyote, as this is the animal that tricks us back into childhood. In the West the bear energy links us with our dreams and the void of all creation. In the North the buffalo energy represents spirituality and wisdom.
As you look at ancient beliefs though, it is stunning the similarities, with so many traditions having four compass directions in their teachings. So really in many ways the compass represents balance (as all the directions of the compass make up all of who we are) and the bringing together of all these diverse aspects to make something beautiful.
More About Peter Stone Jewellery
The Peter Stone Company purchases raw silver and produces their own true .925 sterling silver alloy in their own factory. All rings are cast to size and craftsmen cut and inlay each stone for a perfect fit. Every piece of jewellery created is hand polished not tumble polished, which leads to a high quality finish that is noticeably different.