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Natural Alchemy: Moon and Serpent Jewelry

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Moon and Serpent Handmade Jewelry, based in Istanbul and operated entirely by owner Göksu Şimşek, produces luxury hand-carved pieces that pay homage to the natural and alchemical worlds.

Şimşek describes her work as: “hand carved jewelries inspired by alchemy, occult, witchcraft, nature, esotericism, macabre, mythology, folklore, archeology, history of religion and history of art. Deeply interested in museology, curiosities, Victorian Era, mourning theme, old woodcuts, engravings and manuscripts, she aims to create concrete pieces of magick, talismans which are embodiments of hierophanies.”

Snapdragon seed pods hand-sculpted silver pendant//$89+

Exquisitely carved from solid silver, Moon and Serpent’s pendants are the perfect addition to any darkling with an affinity for the natural world. A particular favourite is this snapdragon pendant, which captures the skull-like pods in minute detail.

Deadly nightshade amethyst and silver ring//$129

Large gemstone pieces are also a specialty of Şimşek’s. This statement amethyst ring sits in a cradle of sculpted silver bones and a nightshade flower.

From Woodland to Spirit World: A Familiar silver necklace//$129

Antlers often evoke powerful connections to the woods and spirit worlds. This necklace, inspired by the deer as a familiar, is an understated and elegant nod to these connections. Perfect for anyone who would rather be lost in a forest.

Black Widow, Wife to Darkness smoky topaz and silver necklace//$249

The Black Widow necklace, also available as a matching smoky quartz ring, is a stunning marriage of gemstone and hand-carved silver in the likeness of a spider companion that will accompany you on all your witchy errands.

Shadowgraphy Hands Silver Goat pendant//$89+

This fascinating pendant has double appeal: seen in the light, it’s an elegant depiction of mourning hands, but in the shadows, these hands transform into a goat head. Magic!

Deadly Nightshade silver pendant//$129

The Deadly Nightshade pendant – which accompanies the amethyst statement ring – shows the care and detail that Şimşek takes in her work, and how beautiful carved solid silver is. If your love for magical plants extends beyond wearing them, you might want to consider cultivating your own moon garden.

Horned Hand silver talisman pendant//$69

More than just for rocking out, this talisman has been designed by Şimşek to invoke protection and power. She writes:

“The Sign of the Horns is used in many culture to ward off the evil eye (or malocchio). Mano Cornuto means “horned hand” in Italian (Black Sabbath’s Ronnie James Dio of Italian origin was known for popularizing the sign). It’s an ancient charm referring to the horns of the Moon Goddess because the horns symbolize the fertility and they are crescent moon’s sign.

I included a “Perthro” nordic futhark rune carving (intaglio) to the amulet, perthro is said to be related with the Norns (female beings who spin the threads of fate) and is associated with luck, magic, mystery, feminine power, divination and many more.”

Alchemy Rings set//$198

One of Moon and Serpent’s signature themes is the incorporation of alchemy symbols and runes into wearable pieces. The set is a listing for three oxidized silver Alchemy Rings, from a choice of Mercury, Earth, Arsenic, Water, Ashes, Tin and Sulphur, allowing you to personalize your selection. Each ring can also be purchased separately.

Witch’s Hat silver pendant//$69

This charming pendant features two of our favourite things: pentagrams and mushrooms. Ideal for green witches, or those who are just really into fungi. Layer with the Snapdragon or Deadly Nightshade pendants for your own wearable witch’s garden!

Vanitas silver skull bangle//$199

The Vanitas bangle is perhaps one of Şimşek’s most striking pieces. The high-shine silver and macabre skull design are equally beautiful and eerie – which is a look we most definitely appreciate.

Şimşek writes about the inspiration behind this piece:

“Vanitas means ‘vanity’ in Latin and refers to the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. In the arts, vanitas is a type of symbolic work of art especially associated with still-life painting in Flanders and the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries, though also common in other places and periods. Vanitas themes were common in medieval funerary art, with most surviving examples in sculpture.

By the 15th century these could be extremely morbid and explicit, reflecting an increased obsession with death and decay also seen in the Ars moriendi, the Danse Macabre, and the overlapping motif of the Memento mori.”

Swamp Witch’s Charms moss agate and silver ring//$289

This ring is another one of our favourites. The colouring of the moss agate evokes the surface of a swamp, flanked by three hand-carved lily pads. If you are drawn to swamps, ponds, pools, or lakes, this ring is a perfect way to honour that, as well as being a gorgeous piece of jewelery in its own right.

Moon and Serpent Jewelry can be found and purchased on their Etsy page.

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About The Author

Charlotte Keighron is a UK based spook with a love of all things dark, occult, creepy and gothic. Find her on Instagram or creeping under a pile of books, embroidery and black clothes.

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