Modern Halo: Burmese Star Ruby
Modern Halo: Burmese Star Ruby
I've been adding a "halo" to my skulls in recent creations. It's partly, purely from a design point of view - a floating skull kind of calls for one - right? It's also a fun way to add that pop of gold that makes everything look so fancy. But i've been thinking deeper into what a halo is to me and what it means to other people. These ones (in this batch of making) haven't been just added from a design point of view.
Halos used to be used in religious art to symbolize the light of God. Different kinds of halos implied different levels of holiness. For example, in Christian art, a black halo was reserved for Judas or, more sinister implications - for Lucifer. A square halo was used for a living "saintly" person and the etherial, thin line halo, was typically reserved for depictions of Jesus and Mary. Halos saw a decline in religious iconography with the rise in popularity of realism. While I would be absolutely delighted if you chose to wear one of my haloed pieces with religious intentions (of any kind), I think its important, particularly because religion is so sensitive and personal, to know why I've added halos to these pieces. I've been thinking about the things that surround us - the media, our fast paced lives, etc, and I realized that I live a whole lot in my own head. I mean - despite the fact that we are SO connected all the time - most of us are alone for the majority of the day - even when we are amongst other people. Anyway - my halos here are meant to be pieces pieces of us - thoughts, our inner monologues, fleeting pieces of dream that effects our waking - rather than the light of God. I have it pared pared with the ever present symbol - memento mori - the reminder that we all, eventually must die. We can't take anything with us when we die, but maybe those thoughts - fleeting dreams - stay somewhere in the atmosphere rather than disappearing when we do.
Anyway - thanks for reading that and if any of it made any sense to you - you must be a kindred spirit. ;)
This pendant is fabricated out of 4 separate layers of heavy gauge fine silver, sterling silver and bronze and is adorned with a stunning deep maroon / purple 2 carat Burmese Star Ruby. True to the nature of this type of stone, the star is shy with many points of light, preferring to shine by surprise or with a single light source. its almost constantly glowing with interior lighting. There are many grades of Burmese Star Ruby - the most valuable being deep red, but they are all prized and rare - clearly displaying stars the most valued. While this one isn't of the highest color value, it has a wonderfully clear star. It has been hand textured, oxidized and brought up to a high polish in areas. The pendant measures 3cm round and is 4mm thick (thickest layer). It's suspended from a 16' sterling silver rolo chain, but 18" or 20" could be swapped out for the preference of the purchaser.
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Thank you! XOXO Marina