Mixed Metal Jewelry, Here Comes the Sun Earrings
Mixed Metal Jewelry, Here Comes the Sun Earring
Sterling Silver & Bronze, 1 1/4" x 5/8", Hook
For northern peoples, the return of the sun, symbolized in this mixed metal jewelry design with the bronze face, is a life-giving event. In this piece, the ascendant sun is beginning to eclipse the waning winter moon. The river symbolizes the return of spring and the geese overhead--the promise of new life.
Having lived in Alaska for over 40 years, I am very conscious of its seasonal cycles. We move from summer solstice on June 21st and almost 24 hours of sunshine, to the darker days of winter where on December 21st we have just a little over 4 hours of possible daylight. We love to celebrate the return of the sun in mid-December, during winter solstice by either leaving the state for warmer climes or building huge bonfires and sharing them with dear friends. I have done both.
I love to design. Wherever I walk, I am always looking for ways to capture the natural world in a piece of jewelry. I owe my talent as an artist to my maternal grandfather, Erland Waastrom, a Swede who immigrated to this country in the early 20th century. My grandfather was a visual artist. He painted versions of old masters in oils and even recreated the Mona Lisa in pastels! He was also a sculptor and worked in various mediums, including metal and wood. One time he carved a tree root, capturing the image of an embracing couple beneath a grape arbor. I believe that I have carried his love of art and creativity forward through my design work.
-Safety sleeves are supplied with all hook earrings.