Maria Berry models Year of the Horse necklace

Year of the Horse Brings Happiness

The world welcomes the Year of the Horse January 31, 2014 through February 18, 2015.

This, the 4,712 Chinese New Year, recognizes animal number seven in the Chinese Zodiac.

According to legend, the horse is a symbol of happiness. It represents power, along with forward movement, adventure, confidence and courage. These qualities set the stage for a beautiful year.

“Awesome! We can all use additional happiness, right?”

As a youngster, horses called to me. I have fond memories of trail rides on Star and even earlier recollections of my Shetland pony named Silver. Before cats, the horse was my favorite animal.

My embellished leather purse features a horse focal.


Pewter Horse focal on leather purse

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, embellished leather purse

It probably inspired my purchase of a “sister” vintage piece. As a result, I had the perfect theme item in my bead stash.

Pewter focal horse for necklace

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, pewter horse focal

Vintage Peking glass beads complement the large pewter symbol. Three charms dangle from the centerpiece, giving it additional movement and interest.

Peking glass and pewter Year of the Horse necklace
In spite of being born in the Year of the Rabbit, I draw inspiration from the horse necklace and earrings.

Shortly after its completion, three members of Collaborheartists gathered in my studio for a creative adventure. In an impulsive gesture, Maria donned the necklace and deemed it “very wearable.”

Maria Berry models Year of the Horse necklace

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Maria Berry models Year of the Horse

We discussed the symbolism involved in Chinese astrology  and considered how symbols or pictures provide themes for the year. Ahhh, but that’s another topic.

Year of the Horse is now on display and for sale at Amapola Gallery.

How will you emphasize happiness in the Year of the Horse?