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Barbara bought the most charming owl pendants as gifts to young girls. She decided to make bare wire necklaces with some carefully chosen glass and pewter gifts to compliment the owls. I think it's better NOT to make similar designs. It might seem like a good idea to be fair by presenting identical gifts to children but it is far better to show them one appreciates their individual differences. Barbara must have known which girl would appreciate each design.

The choice of owls is inspired. Through the centuries, owls have been symbolic of many things. But the most enduring one is owls represent wisdom. In Ancient Greece, the Athenians issued owl coins, one of the first widely used international coinage. The "owls" had the bird on one side and the helmeted head of Athena, the goddess of wisdom and heroic endeavour, on the other. She was associated with owls so the wisdom part rubbed off on these birds.

Perhaps Barbara wishes her gift recipients wisdom to do well in school with these owl pendant necklaces!

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  1. Owl pendants are perfect for girls. They are so timeless. I have an owl pendant made of mother of pearl and turquoise I've had since a little girl. I still love it!

  2. They are so cute! I have an owl pendant in my stash, but didn't do a design with it so far.
    Did you know that the ancient Athenian owl coins returned? Since the Euro became the official currency in many European countries in 2002, the reverse side of the Greek 1€ piece shows the ancient Athenian owl coin. One of my favorite designs on the national sides of the coins!

  3. Owls are great for grown ups too. They are really beautiful. They whole piece!

  4. Where did you get the top owl?
    Because my sister had that same owl and it was stolen. I have been looking for another to buy, but I can't find one.
    Do you know where I can get one?

  5. Alas I don't know where she bought the owl pendants. I'll try and ask.

  6. Thank you, if you figured out where.
    I think I have been to every internet website looking for one. I just can't seem to find that one.

  7. Alas, Allison, Barbara bought the pendants when she was in Greece. She doesn't remember which shop it was either. Sorry we couldn't help.


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