Tradition among the Wicca requires every woman in circle to wear a visible necklace, an unbroken (having no catch) length of beads. Many men choose also to honor the Lady in like fashion.
Gerald B. Gardner reported of the Wicca in Witchcraft Today that women wear a necklace in circle, “of any sort as long as it is fairly conspicuous.” He goes on to opine that the reason is that “the goddess always wore a necklace; … Astarte always wore one and was known as the Goddess of the Necklace, being otherwise ‘sky-clad’.” A footnote continues, “Diana of Ephesus wore a necklace of acorns; many Celtic goddess are mentioned as wearing them.
“At witch meetings every woman must wear one. When the ritual objects are being set out for a meeting, a number of strings of beads are put handy, so that if any witch hasn’t brought a necklace, she promptly borrows one for the occasion.”
Gardner omits the most famous of goddess’ necklaces, Brisingamen, worn by Freya, reputedly crafted of gold & amber by dwarven smiths. Freya’s necklace remains an distinctive attribute of this goddess of love. Perhaps this accounts in some part for the preference of many Wicca for circle necklaces crafted of amber, or sometimes amber & jet.
As one of the Wicca, I have long chosen to wear such a necklace in preference to a chain when wearing a pendant. I’ve long hand-crafted such as gifts to my own initiates and others of the Craft. My fingers do not always know when to stop…and thus I come to have many such necklaces, with and without pendant of relevance to the Craft, which I’m offering for sale…
The White Horse of Uffington
pewter pendant “White Horse of Uffington” strung on 28-inch goddess necklace of agate, bone, & yellow opal $44 + $7 shipping
pendant is pre-1970 lapis lazuli (20x15mm) in sterling, on a 28-inch goddess necklace of hematite & chalcedony with rice pearls $68 +$7 shipping
Sterling silver Celtic star inset with opal triplet, on a 28-inch goddess necklace of turquoise, azurite, malachite, aventurine, & chalcedony $45 + $7 shipping
The Way to the Center
bronze double-sided hand-struck bronze pendant with vermeil & cherry amber accent, on a 25-inch goddess necklace of tiger eye, citrine, cocobolo, & yellow soapstone $69 plus $7 shipping
24-inch goddess necklace of hematite, chalcedony, aventurine, & rice pearls with blue-green fire labradorite (spectralite) pendant set in sterling silver $65 plus $10 shipping
Hearts & Flowers
light & dark amethyst, cultured pearl, & palest rose quartz goddess necklace $32 plus $7 shipping
27-inch goddess necklace of dark & light aventurine, dark & light carnelian, hematite, & garnet $32 plus $7 shipping
amethyst, cultured pearl, & hematite 24-inch goddess necklace with pair-of-swans pewter pendant SOLD
Fire in the Earth
30-inch goddess necklace of pressed amber, vintage coral, carnelian, garnet, & agate SOLD
one 5/8- & a pair of 1/2-inch green jasper truncated cubes strung into a 28-inch goddess necklace of jade, light & dark aventurine, green turquoise, & moss agate SOLD