When the Winter Solstice arrives, we welcome the longer days to come and feel a sense of hope. Spring is around the corner. We made it through the cold, dark days of winter and will soon be able to grow crops, animals will give birth to their young, and the Earth will be green and vibrant again. I began thinking about the symbolism and archetypes involved in this cycle. Classic symbolism can be found in Tarot cards, which have been around since the Middle Ages, so I started thinking about the Sun and Moon in this pendant by Lesley Watt (http://thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com) and how people interpret them.
Of course, if you think of those celestial bodies, you also think of Stars. Here are some thoughts I had about the traditional interpretations of what these symbols mean and the journey from the seventeenth card, to the eighteenth card, to the nineteenth card.
You can ruminate on that for a bit, or just say, “Girl, why so serious?! It’s a necklace.”
Obviously, when you’re designing jewelry, you are going to be thinking about color, so I started to grab a few things:
This is when I noticed that the beads that matched the closest in person (believe it or not, the Alexandrite crackled and faceted beads on the bottom right) where NOT the beads that matched in the photograph. I had a little panic.
Sometimes, things said in sarcasm or jest…are a brilliant idea!!!!
The clasp is by Lorelei Eurto (http://loreleieurtojewelry.indiemade.com); not only did the color work well, but I love bugs! The beetle is a great addition with its meanings of wisdom, protection, persistence, and adaption for survival. The beetle has a long association with the Sun.
Journeys are usually circular, so on the way back around from the Sun to the Star on my necklace, I added a ladybug that sits on the back of my neck. In the Middle Ages, the ladybug was known as the Beetle of Our Lady. Ladybugs, or ladybirds if you prefer, are supposed to be lucky: they symbolize: abudance; happiness; wish-fulfillment; and death/rebirth. Their life cycle is only four weeks, so they are supposed to teach us to be fearless, living life to its fullest, and that everything has its time under the Sun. The lampwork in the necklace is by Lea Avroch (https://www.facebook.com/LeaAvrochArtGlass/), the lampwork in the earrings was made by Mallory Hoffman (https://www.etsy.com/shop/rosebud101).
I also had a just in case piece, mail being what it is. This lampwork cabochon is by Sue Kennedy (http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com). I am learning to work in metal…so this is still a work in process. I melted the bezel, then broke a prong, and tube riveted it a little tight, so I don’t have the movement I want. I will welcome the Sun and work harder this year on my journey to learn metalsmith techniques. New Beginnings!
Thank you so much for looking. I hope you visit all the other artists on their journeys with the Sun:
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