I naturally awoke this morning during ISON’s perihelion. I had not planned to sleep in…it just happened (most likely because I stayed up until 4am working on a wholesale order for Uncommon Goods). Anyway, I am quite pleased with my subconscious for giving me this gift of perihelion. Thanks, brain!
Today is Thanksgiving in the USA, and I am wishing everyone who can have a good day a very happy one. I am wearing this (see photo) ISON necklace that I made special for myself. I will sell copies of this necklace in my Etsy shop if anyone wants one, but this little particular little comet is mine. The glass stone is called “green goldstone.” It looks dark blue until you notice the green sparkles. Will ISON remain green and sparkling in the coming days, or is it burning up right now as I type? We will know soon. In the meantime, I am counting my blessings and hoping for the best.
The comet necklace above is the most recent rendition of my design. It is made of recycled sterling silver and natural quartz crystal (heated to the point of crackling). I’m really pleased with how it turned out. It’s more vibrant than the snow quartz. Click on the photo for a larger view, or visit my Etsy shop for more pictures: http://www.etsy.com/listing/126929706/comet-of-life-necklace-sterling-silver?
The card that my comet is sitting on is a replica of a 1910 Halley’s Comet commemorative postcard. I got it from Stuart Schneider, co-author of the book Halley’s Comet – Memories of 1910. He has a really great website about comet memorabilia. If you like my comets (creations and/or collection), then prepare to fall in love: http://wordcraft.net/comets1.html
Humans have been making comet jewelry for hundreds of years, and Halley’s Comet has been a particularly rich source of inspiration for jewelers from the Georgian to the Victorian eras. When I first began collecting antique comet jewelry, I lamented the fact that I will probably be too old to work with wire the next time Halley’s Comet comes around. But then, I learned about the ISON comet that is supposed to be spectacular at the the end of this year (and, hello, Pan-STARRS comet!)! To me, this was a sign that I should not let Halley’s schedule get in the way of creating my own version of the comet.
Here is my version of a comet. I crafted this necklace from recycled sterling silver wire, sterling silver chain, and natural snow quartz. Comets consist of rock and ice, hence my choice of gemstone. I am excited about this design. and have plans to expand it further. In the meantime, I will share some of my collection of vintage comet jewelry here. Stay tuned!