Metalsmiths for Change

Jolene Beckman - @jolenebeckman

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  • Regular price $155.00


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Item description:

This necklace is made with sterling and fine silver, with four 18k gold beads. It is set with a 10x12mm rainbow moonstone and a 3mm rhodolite garnet. The pendant is 1.25 inches long by 1 inch wide. The chain is a sterling silver wheat link, 18 inches. My piece is inspired by civil and voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977). During her lifetime Fannie Lou fought for the economic, political, and personal freedom of African American people. Her impact was felt both nationally and in her Mississippi hometown with efforts ranging from organizing voter registration, running for office, speaking to congress and providing access to food and clothing for her neighbors in need. She co-founded both the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the National Women’s Political Caucus. One of Fannie Lou’s special talents was unifying people through song, her favorite one to sing during acts of resistance was This Little Light of Mine. I chose to stamp the back of this pendant with that phrase and a flame, because her light was bright and full of fire. I also chose a moonstone that has its own inner glow, and represents feminine power and healing. Fannie Lou was imprisoned and beaten, a victim of forced sterilization, and a survivor of despicable acts of racial hatred- but she never gave up educating, helping her community and fighting for freedom.