Me ga Deru necklace

Me ga Deru necklace


"Me ga Deru" means to have good luck in Japanese; the characters for this phrase are literally translated as "eyes come out" and are a reference to the winning eyes of the dice in gambling. I believe that good luck comes from heart centered living, and I wish this for you always!

Steeped in history, this little fellow conjures up the late 1800's in Kobe, Japan, with its bustling harbor and tourist trade. Sold in the shops there on Motomachi Shopping Street were curious and singular wooden automata that were made as small souvenirs --tongues protruded and jaws dropped from the small figures that depicted activities from daily life with the turn of a knob (I have a broken apple eater/saki drinker in my collection). Arm- and legless Daruma dolls were made and sold with pop-out eyes, symbols of good health and good luck, humorously referencing the "eyes pop out" literal translation of the Japanese characters in the phrase "to have good luck". This was the Meiji period in Japan and gambling with dice was still illegal, so gamblers used very tiny dice, only millimeters in size, and kept them hidden in small pendants or containers that had secret compartments. I don't believe that luck can come from a random throw of the dice--it's a much deeper thing than that. As Albert Einstein says "Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts". I know that you are one of those few--that is where luck comes from!

Each one of these very small precious pendants is uniquely individual -- I make them one at a time using recycled silver and a mold that I made of one of my favorite tiny antique Japanese toys. Constructing these mechanical treasures is a labor-intensive process of delight!

The pendant measures one inch long and comes with an 18" sterling chain with a lobster clasp. If you would prefer another length, use the contact page to let me know your preference.

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I have an obsession with small early-to-mid 20th century childhood toys, the tinier the better. I think it is because they take me back to my own early years, which, although challenging, were still very much saturated with possibility and wonder. These exquisitely simple compositions in metal are my adult versions of childhood good luck charms, helping me to find my way back to a world permeated with magic and possibility, replete with open-ended journeys and the search for wisdom...