When we buy Zuni and Navajo fetish carvings and aren’t positive about the stone used, we ask and are often told “serpentine”. You might think that is a catch-all category but when you really look into it, you’ll find that serpentine comes in a wide variety of colors. It is one of the oldest stones used for carving, as early as prehistoric times.
Serpentine can range from green to pink and everything in between including tan, brown, red, black, yellow, gray and more.
A very popular and traditional stone “fish rock” is actually serpentine. It is a light stone usually with small splotches and veining. Here are some examples of fish rock serpentine.
Here are some other examples of serpentine.
Serpentine is widespread in California where it is the state rock. Here is a photo of serpentine along a beach.
To read more about serpentine and see more examples, click here.
Here is an interesting glossary Gemstone Terminology
However, if you have a new question, please contact us through our website.
Perhaps you can help out a fetish newbie. A few weeks back I bought from your website a black bear pendant and a leather necklace to put it on.
I’ve found the loop on the bear is too small to fit over the clasp on the necklace. I don’t want to return either one, but any suggestions? Should I take it to a jeweler? Try to flatten the loop to make it a little bigger? I sure don’t want to damage it. Or perhaps buy a different chain? How would I know that one would fit? I plan to eventually make a necklace of several fetishes that have special meaning for me, and I guess I need some help before I start.
I would appreciate any directions or suggestions you could give me.
Thanking you in advance,
First of all, any time your purchase something from us, feel free to ask ahead of time if a certain bead necklace, for example, will go through the bail of a pendant you are looking at. We can always check that out for you. For most pendants and necklaces we list the size of the bail on the pendant and the diameter (or thickness) of the necklace so you can get a pretty good idea.
The pendant you purchased was shown with a sterling silver round omega which would work very well with it as would most chains.
Also we have some very small, 5mm, antiqued beads that could work.
And yes, you could take your bear pendant to a jeweler who could gently heat and open up or otherwise reshape the heavy wire loop.