PATRONESS OF THE UNBORN
THE BLACK BELT
She was with child because she wore the Aztec Maternity Belt.
In 1531 a "Lady from Heaven" appeared to a poor Indian at Tepeyac, a hill northwest of Mexico City; she identified herself as the Mother of the True God, instructed him to have the bishop build a temple on the site and left an image of herself imprinted miraculously on his tilma, a poor quality cactus-cloth, which should have deteriorated in 20 years but shows no sign of decay 474 years later and still defies all scientific explanations of its origin.
When I wanted to create another necklace in honor of Our Most Humble Lady of Guadalupe, I wanted it to have an ethnic feel and look to it.
I used a beautiful color vintage cameo of Our Lady of Guadalupe set in copper setting and surrounded by turquoise beads. I also added a large turquoise bead and amber. Crosses and other beads are turquoise color howlite beads.
I also added a copper tiny cross and a copper St. Benedict medal.