7.33 ct. Brazilian Shaman's Faceted Round Ametrine Jew George Gem - A Black Pyramid Vèvé Room Find - The Voodoo Estate
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7.33 ct. Brazilian Shaman's Faceted Round Ametrine Jew George Gem
A Black Pyramid Vèvé Room Find
This is another long listing with an abundant text and only 14 photographs available upon request!
So please sit back and read the listing through. If you have come this far, we feel you will find it was worth the wait.
It has now been just over sixteen years since we were called to do the estate that had been closed up for seventeen years!
~!~ The Voodoo Estate! ~!~
This type of call usually gets us excited as they are a treasure trove. Located here in Florida, there was no electricity or running water so we rigged our own lighting and in we went. If you have ever seen the Adams Family you will have some idea as to what we were greeted with! Then the attorney handling the liquidation gave us some background. The estate had belonged to an alleged powerful Voodoo Priestess/JooJoo Exorcist, grand daughter of a Marie Laveau, and favored daughter of a Marie Glapion.
These names meant nothing to us, but the late night talk of Voodoo and exorcism in the old mansion was enough to make us decide to spend the night in a hotel and return in the morning to assess the estate.The rest is history.
Our research has shown that this woman was what she claimed and was indeed descended from a long line of well known Vodoun family originating in New Orleans in the early 1800's. We were pretty unnerved by this until we discovered they were also devout Catholics! Although I have to admit this was unlike any Catholic home we have ever been in and some of the items found inside were a little more than unnerving.
There was no feeling of dread or unwelcome in the mansion, however there was quite a bit of contraband and other items we can or will not sell here.
This is one of a few pieces from this estate we will be listing this week, so check our other items.
We will, upon the new guardian's request, issue a named Letter of Authenticity with each piece from this estate, complying with the terms set forth to us by the estate's attorney.
~!~ Some Back Story ~!~
Found in what we have named "The Black Pyramid Vèvé Room". This room was an interesting work of architecture. Windowless and located just above the Main Ballroom in the center of the mansion, it was only accessible through a trapdoor and cast iron spiral staircase from the storage room above it. The floor was four feet below the Main Ballroom ceiling, well concealed by the baroque architecture. The architect had concealed the room in the floor above by surrounding it with four guest suites, it was dead center in the mansion.
Painted black, with ebony flooring and paneling, the contents of the room consisted of seven, LiDiex Black Glass and Silver charging pyramid boxes and their contents.
Measuring exactly twelve feet x twelve feet with a twelve foot ceiling, the room was well concealed by the architecture of the building, but it was stifling as there was no ventilation, the only air coming from the trap door above and that was not much.
Only a few of us went into this room to recover and inventory the contents and none of us could stay in there for more than a few minutes, it was, well, disorientating.
This was another room with no wiring for electrical power and on the floor were the remnants of previously used vèvé's that we assume were drawn with the chalky powder found in one of the pyramids. The remaining six pyramids contained an interesting assortment of jewelry, gemstones, mineral specimens and other eclectic items that she kept inventoried in a separate journal concerning the ceremonies conducted in this room.
The pyramids varied in size from 9" x 9" x 7" to 3' x 3' x 2.2', so this was a massive undertaking as most of these pyramids were too big, heavy and/or fragile to get out of there safely, full as they were.
Concerning the pieces from this room she writes, " I have used these pieces to awaken psychic perception and mystical awareness and have found them to strengthen my memory and as an aid in dreaming. I continue to receive insight and inspiration from them."
And; "many of the ones awakened have sought refuge here, most being complacent in their worlds. They will come if called to a blood match."
In these journals she makes some fantastic claims concerning these items and real or imagined, we understand why she was as feared and respected as she was.
We can attest that pieces from this room have shown to possess some remarkable attributes or association with what might be called paranormal activity.
Some of those who have had access to these items and/or their photographs have been quoted as feeling ill or nauseous, often followed by a feeling of warmth, well being, happiness and power. In addition there are numerous reports from those who claim to have perceived, felt, saw, sensed, etc., at the very least movement in and/or around the stones and jewelry settings, many times directly related to them, but you be the judge.
Gems were found lying loose, lining the bottom of many her spell boxes and the black pyramid boxes of this room were no exception.
This is one of the seventy-eight ametrine gemstones found in the fourth pyramid. Fourth pyramid ametrine gems if you will.
~!~ Brazilian Shaman's Ametrine ~!~
Her journals and inventory tell us this 12.7 x 12.7 x 9.525 mm, 7.33 ct., faceted round ametrine gem was cut from specimen recovered during her 1962 Brazilian Shaman artifact hunt.
Although she does not name them in her notes, she solicited a handful of Brazilian holy men, healers, sorcerers and seers to act as guides to her party and relinquish some of their precious finds, usually in trade for guns.
She does write of one member of this group who guided her party to the source of this stone in Bolivia as being, "an elder held in high regard, well over six hundred years old" and of being told, "he does not speak of this much". She does however describe him as, "appearing to have seen four decades and no more."
Her own notes tell us, "knowing full well of the energies of this stone, having been formed by it's close proximity to the magma that caused it's intense color that stimulate the pineal to release this fluid into one's system."
Other fascinating entries note of her ability to harvest this, "Amrita", as she refers to this pineal fluid, "through intense orgasm when the Amrita is in place", and of using this harvested fluid in her elixir's that, "guaranteed health and longevity."
Most of the entries concerning the ceremonial harvest of this, "Amrita" are far too graphic to be detailed here, but suffice to say the gem, "talisman", as she refers to them, are alleged to have been used as a sexual aids in the production and harvest this, "Amrita".
She also writes, "these are positive energies in these stones that have a calming affect on all associated with them. They have proven useful aid in stimulating intuition. Assured, meditations done with these stones will be most rewarding. I have used these in the healing of my clients suffering from muscular disorders, and to help stimulate healing in general."
Our own research revealed...
~!~ Amrita ~!~
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, for the most part.
Amrita (Sanskrit, IAST: amṛta) or Amata (Pali) is a word that literally means "immortality" and is often referred to in texts as nectar. Amrita is etymologically related to the Greek ambrosia and carries the same meaning. The word's earliest occurrence is in the Rigveda, where it is one of several synonyms for soma, the drink which confers immortality upon the gods.
Amrit has varying significance in different Indian religions. It is also a common first name for Hindus, the feminine form of which is Amritā.
A stone carving of a standing woman with a pot in her left hand and lotus in right.
Mohini, (above), the female form of Vishnu, holding the pot of amrit which she distributes amongst all the devas, leaving the asuras without. Darasuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Amrit is repeatedly referred to as the drink of the devas which grants them immortality.
Amrit features in the samudra manthan legend, which describes how the devas, because of a curse from the sage Durvasa, begin to lose their immortality. Assisted by their mortal enemies, the asuras, they churn the ocean and release (among other auspicious object and beings) amrit, the nectar of immortality.
Amrit is sometimes said to miraculously form on, or flow from, statues of Hindu gods. The substance is consumed by worshippers and is alleged to be sweet-tasting and not at all similar to honey or sugar water.
Amrit was the last of the fourteen treasure jewels that emerged from the churning of the ocean and contained in a pot borne by Dhanvantari, the physician of the Gods.
Amrit (Punjabi: ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤ) is the name of the holy water used in the baptism ceremony or Amrit Sanchar in Sikhism. This ceremony is observed to initiate the Sikhs into the Khalsa and requires drinking amrit. This is created by mixing a number of soluble ingredients, including sugar, and is then rolled with a khanda with the accompaniment of scriptural recitation of five sacred verses.
Metaphorically, God's name is also referred to as a nectar:
Amrit sabad amrit har baṇi.
The Shabda is Amrit; the Lord's bani is Amrit.
Satgur seviai ridai samāṇi.
Serving the True Guru, it permeates the heart.
Nānak amrit nām sadā sukhdāta pi amrit sabh bhukh lėh jāvaṇia.
O Nanak, the Ambrosial Naam is forever the Giver of peace; drinking in this Amrit, all hunger is satisfied.
According to Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Theravada Buddhism), "the deathless" refers to the deathless dimension of the mind which is dwelled in permanently after nibbana.
In the Amata Sutta, the Buddha advises monks to stay with the four Satipatthana: "Monks, remain with your minds well-established in these four establishings of mindfulness. Don't let the deathless be lost to you."
In the questions for Nagasena, King Milinda asks for evidence that the Buddha once lived, wherein Nagasena describes evidence of the Dhamma in a simile:
"Revered Nagasena, what is the nectar shop of the Buddha, the Blessed One?"
"Nectar, sire, has been pointed out by the Blessed One. With this nectar the Blessed One sprinkles the world with the devas; when the devas and the humans have been sprinkled with this nectar, they are set free from birth, aging, disease, death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despair. What is this nectar? It is mindfulness occupied with the body. And this too, sire, was said by the Blessed One: 'Monks, they partake of nectar (the deathless) who partake of mindfulness that is occupied with the body.' This, sire, is called the Blessed One's nectar shop."
Mahayana Buddhism/Pre-sectarian Buddhism, Ideas and practices;
Amrit (Wylie: bdud rtsi, THL: dütsi) also plays a significant role in Vajrayana Buddhism as a sacramental drink which is consumed at the beginning of all important rituals such as the abhisheka, ganachakra, and homa. In the Tibetan tradition, dütsi is made during drubchens - lengthy ceremonies involving many high lamas. It usually takes the form of small, dark-brown grains that are taken with water, or dissolved in very weak solutions of alcohol and is said to improve physical and spiritual well-being.
The foundational text of traditional Tibetan medicine, the Four Tantras, is also known by the name The Heart of Amrita (Wylie: snying po bsdus pa).
The Immaculate Crystal Garland (Wylie: dri med zhal phreng) describes the origin of amrita in a version of the samudra manthan legend retold in Buddhist terms. In this Vajrayana version, the monster Rahu steals the amrita and is blasted by Vajrapani's thunderbolt. As Rahu has already drunk the amrita he cannot die, but his blood, dripping onto the surface of this earth, causes all kinds of medicinal plants to grow. At the behest of all the Buddhas, Vajrapani reassembles Rahu who eventually becomes a protector of Buddhism according to the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.
Chinese Buddhism describes Amrita (Chinese: 甘露; pinyin: gānlù) as blessed water, food, or other consumable objects often produced through merits of chanting mantras.
Her journaled inventory goes on to tells us she had these gems cut for her by a New York gem cutter, practitioner and follower she names as,"Jew George", in 1965. George had been introduced to her by her long time friend Maya Deren in the 1950's and had been responsible for many of the gemstones used in their jewelry.
This gemstone was faceted from natural color ametrine crystal that was mined in Bolivia. It is of fine cut and views clean when viewed face up under 10x loupe magnification. The gem displays zoned golden citrine and purple amethyst. It is genuine gem quality ametrine that has not been heated or treated in any way.
The sourced mines of these stones have been mined out and we doubt nicer ametrine gems can be found elsewhere.
It is certainly a beautiful vintage gem with an extraordinary provenance that is much nicer than the photographs have been able to depict.
Concerning these lots are some of the following excerpts from the written statement of one of the principals; "When we first entered this room we used pocket led flashlights, commonly known as tactical lights, this room lit up like a light show as we directed the beams, the three of us said "did you see that?" Among other things."
"When we ran 2000 watts of light down there, the lights shut down, period. They just would not work in the room. We checked the generators and the lights worked fine out of that room, but in it, no go. Regular, battery operated flashlights went dead in there too, fresh batteries went dead in a second."
To date, Energizer has not responded.
Little more thought was given this until one of us more or less became the caretaker of this lot, more because he was the only one able to get to the warehouse alcove where the balance of this estate is kept due to the way we had packed the volume of merchandise that came into the warehouse over the ensuing years.
Although the photographer is no longer commenting on his use of a directed, high intensity led and ultra-violet light in taking some of the photographs, the staff member who retrieved many of these items from "the hole", the warehouse alcove where the balance of the items from this estate were being stored, offers some insight as to what has transpired.
"It was typical to be back there and have the power go out, but this can easily be attributed to our weather conditions and sorry excuse for a power company, but I had taken one of my pocket tac-lights with me and the first time I used it back there was, well, nothing short of phenomenal and overwhelming. This is not a joke, they like the light!"
We have been contacted and visited by a number of people who were interested in the items from this estate since our first batch was listed. Among the buyers have been known psychics and practitioners. More than one, after adorning themselves or handling their purchase, stated "this is a woman of power!" Many of our customers, after receiving items from this estate have reported dream contacts and other unexplained phenomenon.
Unusual, authentic Voodoo Priestess Estate piece and at a bargain price!
This is truly a rare opportunity to own anything with attributes to this estate. The majority of this estate is now gone. Most of what we had left, and it was considerable, has been split up and sold to a couple of private, foreign collector practitioners and will never be available to the public again. We made the decision to do this as we have had some pretty strange visits from even stranger individuals and there have been enough unexplained phenomenon going on in the warehouse where her things were kept that many of our employees refused to go in there.
The pieces offered and sold here are some of the remaining pieces that will ever be offered to the public.
Nice addition to any collection, altar, wardrobe or decor, displays really well.
Really doesn't get any better than this.
There are only 14 photographs, available upon request.
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The Photos do not do this gem justice, despite my best efforts, sorry.
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Above taken with incandescent light, below with broad spectrum led, ultra violet & infra-red lighting.