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.
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!
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!