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!
It was too sunny on the West Coast of the USA to see the Eta Aquarid meteor shower from Halley’s Comet last night, but I went outside anyway and took this picture of the two labradorite comet necklaces I made on Saturday. The background art is a vintage Halley’s Comet postcard from 1910. 🙂
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