I crafted this necklace from sterling silver and a piece of real meteorite (Campo del Cielo) that I found at a gem show. The meteor seems to fly across the neckline when the wearer moves his or her head. Here’s a little video that I took of my husband turning his head while wearing this necklace:
I watched NASA’s “Fire and ISON” broadcast, and am now reading the news articles. It appears as though ISON has not survived its pass around the Sun. I am disappointed, of course, but also still thankful. Very thankful.
I remember the day last year when I lamented the fact that I would be too old to make a piece of comet jewelry the next time that Halley’s Comet passes by. Most of the antique comet pins that I have collected were probably made to celebrate Comet Halley, and I was sad that I would not be able to join the artisans of the past in celebrating with my art. Then, on that very same day, the news broke about ISON! It was as if the Universe was telling me that I should follow my passion regardless of Halley’s schedule, and so I began making comets of my own!
For scientists, ISON has brought a wealth of new information, and for this I am thankful. ISON, regardless of what anyone says, was not a dud. For me, ISON was a beautiful beacon of light that helped guide my art, and for this I will forever be thankful. I will continue making comets because comets are awesome. A comet may have even seeded Earth with life! Thank you, comets…and thank you ISON!
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.
I think that this might be my favorite comet pin. My husband gave it to me for my birthday last year. It is from the late 19th century and was made from 14k gold and moonstone. The back is marked, but it is hard to make out…I need to find my loop!
Antique comet pins tend to not be very realistic looking. Sometimes I wonder if they truly were created to represent comets, or if collectors just decided to call them comets. It’s not like I have an old photo of a Victorian woman wearing a comet pin at a Comet Halley party, or a painting of Georgian man gifting his beloved a pin while a comet soars past in the sky. All I know is what today’s experts have told me, and I want to believe them so I do. This little pin here, complete with its own little diagram, helps me believe that these types of pins were indeed created to celebrate the comet!
Comet ISON is now in that little ball stage far away…but it is getting close and is becoming more visible to us. I am so looking forward to Thanksgiving, when Comet ISON is scheduled to be its most viewable from Earth!
Here’s a little comet pin that I made from copper wire and heated quartz rock crystal. It measures about an inch and a half long and has a wire wrapped c-clasp.
Hopefully I will have time to make one in sterling soon!
I am on a mission this year to continue the comet jewelry tradition of jewelers of olde. Hopefully Comet ISON will help me celebrate my current comet obsession. We should know more by Halloween. Fingers crossed!