Electra – Chew Valley Charms
Handmade 3cm Glass Charm Pendant – £25
Postage and Packing – £5
Electra is one of the charms produced by Chew Valley Charms, based on the old tradition of charm wearing that used to exist in Somerset’s Chew Valley.
Electra is a round glass phial pendant filled with locally sourced ingredients and is named after the Greek term for sparkling, fiery sun, so Electra is made with the feminine spirit in mind. The contents are soaked in glycerine to preserve the contents. The bottle is stoppered with a cork and sealed with bottling wax to lock in the charm.
Each charm comes with a black thong necklace and a custom box with a wax seal featuring Chew Valley Charms “Tree Of Life” Logo, also included are two cards explaining the meaning of the charm and the contents
A 21st century take on an ancient love charm, every Chew Valley Charm is hand made and utterly unique, once a charm is gone it will never be replaced by a duplicate
Red Garnet – Love and sexuality
Carnation – Deep love
Safflower – Language
Copper wrapped bone – For the blessing of Viridios, lord of small animals
Please note – To keep the contents as colourful as possible, for as long as possible, please keep out of direct sunlight.
During the first national lockdown, photographer Mark Hayward started researching an old tradition of wearing charms which had once prevalent in his home area of Somerset’s Chew Valley.
After his research he had a list of ingredients that were once used and set about recreating the lost art of making protective charms with a 21st century twist.
Each charm is hand made and filled with locally sourced ingredients true to the original folklore of the area.
Rose Quartz and Fluorite from the Mendips – Love and protection
Dried Rose Petals – Passion
Ivy and Holly Berries – To prevent intoxication and for fertlilty and eternal life
Blackthorn – The tree which crosses the barrier between this world and that of the spirit or fairie. Meditating under the tree would allow you to talk to these beings, but an amulet is necessary in order for you to return (just like this one)
Salt – Protection from evil
Yarrow – For healing and for Pratchett
The bottle is then filled with Glycerin to preserve the contents and sealed with home made sealing wax to lock in the charm and is looped to wear as a pendant.