In slavic folklore, Baba Yaga’s forest is patrolled by three horsemen, who wear clothing that match the colours of their horses’ coats. The White Rider appears at dawn and heralds Day, the Red Rider appears at noon and heralds the Sun, and the Black Rider appears at the end of the day and heralds Night. These Three horsemen serve Baba Yaga and are said to represent the elements in some myths, and are also sometimes linked with dawn, midday, and twilight. In the tale of “Vasilisa the Beautiful“, Vasilisa is persecuted by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters before being sent to fetch a light from the home of Baba Yaga. Along the way she meets each of the three Horsemen, the White Rider (Dawn), the Red Rider (Noon) and the Black Rider (Dusk). Upon visiting Baba Yaga, the witch gives her several impossible tasks to complete, which she only achieves with the help of her magical wooden doll Vasilisa received from her mother. Baba Yaga is forced to send Vasilisa on her way with a skull-lantern.
This necklace is strung like a Ukrainian korali necklace. Beaded necklaces (namysto) are one of the oldest forms of women’s ornaments in Ukraine. They have many names – monysto, busy, korali – testifying to their long history and important role in Ukrainian culture. They are not just adornments, but also carried deep symbolic significance.Traditionally, there are two types of neck jewelry: a string of beads called namysto, and coins called dukach. Combined together, they form a monysto or sometimes widely refereed to as namysto. Common materials are metals, stones (with corals often used to symbolize youth and health), wood, leather, glass, etc. They were generally protective or informative, for instance, they could tell how wealthy the family was as since six strings of coral beads could cost as much as a pair of oxen). The colour red symbolizes protection, beauty, vitality, fertility and strength in the old-Slavic traditions.
Warm to the touch and often containing insect fragments it was believed to contain the very essence of life itself – the animating principle. It had associations with time, cycles and longevity. As it once was a living substance, it is related to spirit. Slavic tribes thought amber magical because of its warm feel, its lightness and luster. Some believed amber was the petrified tears of gods.
Amber amulets were worn as protection from diseases and against being killed in a battle. People believed that amber “pulled out” a disease from the body and “attracted” good luck – in the same way as it attracts small objects if you slightly rub it. It was believed that amber adornments averted misfortune, kept its owner safe from black magic, cast out devils, guarded one from the evil eye, brought luck in love, and made it’s owner stronger and cleverer. An amber necklace was placed on children to prevent kidnapping as it extends general protection to the wearer, especially children. Beaded amber necklaces are still a traditional gift for a child.
As amber is often harvested from the sea it is also associated with fertility, life and catharsis. It is alleged to relieve depression, anxiety, and promotes joy. In Latvia, bands of amber rings were used in wedding ceremonies to ensure an eternal bond. Today, amber represents renewed fidelity in marriage.
In present day, medicines containing Succinic Acid have been manufactured and patented, especially in the USA and Russia. Of particular value are pharmaceuticals preventing the aging of human cells, which use succinic acid as an inhibitor (an agent slowing down or totally stopping the loss of) of potassim ions and an antioxidant. Therefore, the acid may be called a scientifically described, modern elixir of youth. Succinic acid is also a valuable product for sportspeople. It is not a stimulant improving one’s effort on a single event basis, but rather a stimulator of a balanced, comprehensive development. Dr. Veniamin Khazanov of the RAS’ Institute of Pharmacology at the Tomsk Scientific Center wrote: “For aged people, succinic acid has proved to be indispensable. It is capable of restoring the energy balance at the cellular level, which is often upset as the years go by, and helps the patient regain his youthful energy.” He says also that it has proven the equal or better of many commercial drugs and is significantly less expensive. Further, research at the University of Hamburg, Germany confirms the safe and positive effects of succinic and fumaric acids in cellular metabolism.
Natural Baltic Amber has unique properties unlike any other amber in the world because it contains Succinic Acid which is a is a bio-stimulant and has been used for ages to promote healing.
This beautiful set is comprised of four 20″ Faceted Multi-Color Amber Beaded strands all connected with a beautiful amber clasp