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:
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!
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. 🙂
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!