The overarching theme of the 2019 Halloween Collection is 'Alchemy & Divination'
This piece is part of the “Automatic Writing” Planchette Mini Collection -
Black bone planchette-shaped cabochon, hand carved with a skull and roses, copper electroformed and accented with one of the most gorgeous labradorites I have ever seen, two black star diopside, and a druzy amethyst moon.
Pendant: 2.5 x 3.5"
“Automatic Writing” Collection -
A planchette is a small, usually heart-shaped flat piece of wood, historically equipped with two wheeled castors and a pencil-holding aperture, used to facilitate automatic writing. The use of planchettes to produce mysterious written messages gave rise to the belief that the devices foster communication with spirits as a form of mediumship.
The devices were popular in séances during the Victorian era, before their eventual evolution into the simpler, non-writing pointing devices for ouija, or ‘talking’ boards, that eclipsed the popularity of their original form. Paranormal advocates believe the planchette is moved by the presence of spirits or some form of subtle energy.