This Roadrunner on top of the World pendant is part of the Malpais Collection that I designed. The picasso marble large roadrunner is hand-carved by Stephanie and Matthew Mitchell in New Mexico. It sits atop a large piece of picture jasper which rests on a lava bead. The top of the bird is framed by coral and turquoise beads. The pendant measuring from the bail is nearly 41/2 inches long. It is strung on an adjustable 15-17 inch cotton cord. The piece features a large bail which provides flexibility should you choose to sometimes wear it with other beads and it can accommodate beads up to 8-9mm.
The Malpais collection was inspired by one of my favorite places in the world- the El Malpais National Park which is West of Albuquerque near Grants NM. The land originally part of Acoma Pueblo is one of so many Native lands (wrongly taken). The landscape features beautiful brown sandstone cliffs which I symbolize by using picture jasper. Beneath the cliffs are black volcanic beds the color of the lava bead. The turquoise bead symbolizes the endless New Mexico sky in which you can see for many miles in every direction.
Bird or Animal on top of the World Pendant:
I design my Animal on Top of the World/ and Bird on Top of the World pendants using hand-carved stone fetishes by my dear friends Stephanie and Matthew Mitchell who have been carving stones for over 40 years. Each bird or animal sits atop a stone and my designs typically incorporate other stones, crystals, and metal in the designs, all striving to bring out the beauty of the unique hand carved bird or animal.
The idea is that when you wear your Bird or Animal on Top of the World pendant hopefully you too will feel like a Bird or the Animal on top of the world! Enjoy!