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Dancers of Wind and Water and Light

Dancing On the Light Ingot Necklace and Earrings Set

Our first dandelion appeared yesterday.

It’s a whole month early; these short-lived bits of flowery sunshine usually bloom in May and are generally gone by the first week of June. Last year’s weather was sufficiently strange that a few blossomed anew in October for even fewer days, but this is the earliest I can recall ever seeing one in the spring.

We may not have water, but the spirits of warmer winds are arriving anyway.

The occasional bee has put in an appearance since February or so. The first butterflies materialized in March. As far as we know, there have been no dragonflies or hummingbirds yet, but I have no doubt that we will see both much earlier than usual this year. We can only hope that the rains materialize between now and then, too: The hummingbirds depend upon nectar-producing flowers for survival; the dragonflies, these small dancers on the light, upon pond waters deep enough to incubate their young.

And although it’s early, it’s a good time to honor the spirits of today’s featured work, a set of light dancers that Wings created out of season to lighten and brighten the dull dry days of the winter just past. Because this work is sold as a set, it appears in both the Necklaces and Earrings Galleries, but each element is featured and described separately in its respective gallery. We begin with the larger item, first, the necklace; from its description in the Necklaces Gallery here on the site:

Dancing On the Light Ingot Necklace Closeup

Dancing On the Light Ingot Necklace and Earrings Set

Dragonflies are messengers of love and joy, small spirits dancing on the light. Wings pays tribute to their outsized power and ethereal beauty, and to the old ways of silversmithing, with this necklace-and-earrings set wrought vintage-style in sterling silver ingot. The necklace, shown in close-up below, is crafted of ingot silver, molten, poured, and hammered by hand into a roughly circular medallion, its flowing uneven edges evoking the traditional Native pendants of more than a century past. The surface is highly polished but left texturized with the ingot’s natural divots and lines. Centered upon it, Wings has evoked a dragonfly out of a collection of five separate stamped motifs: a single large hoop for the head, eight smaller hoops arcing below to form the body, two tiny waves for antennae, and two pairs of arrowhead symbols to create the wings. Not quite abstract, Dragonfly here is nonetheless highly stylized and summoned out of simple geometric shapes to dance on the silvery surface of the light. The pendant is hand-drilled at the top and hangs suspended from by a sterling silver jump ring from sturdy sterling silver snake chain. Pendant hangs roughly 1-1/8″ long by 1-1/8″ across at the widest point; chain is 20″ long (dimensions approximate). Matching earrings are shown in close-up in the Earrings Gallery; sold as a set.

Sterling silver ingot
$625 + shipping, handling, and insurance

These pieces are wrought in the oldest of ways, poured and milled without tool finishing, allowing the silver to expand and pool and break at the edges as it will — just like the silvery waters of the pond beneath the afternoon sunlight. The earrings evoke this natural changeability, along with the dragonflies’ own lightness of touch. From their description in the Earrings Gallery:

Dancing On the Light Ingot Earrings Closeup

Dancing On the Light Ingot Necklace and Earrings Set

Dragonflies are messengers of love and joy, small spirits dancing on the light. Wings pays tribute to their outsized power and ethereal beauty, and to the old ways of silversmithing, with this necklace-and-earrings set wrought vintage-style in sterling silver ingot. The earrings, shown in close-up below, are crafted of ingot silver, molten, poured, and hammered by hand into roughly circular medallions, their flowing uneven edges evoking the traditional Native earrings of more than a century past. The surface of each is highly polished but left texturized with the ingot’s natural divots and lines. Centered upon each, Wings has evoked a dragonfly out of a collection of three separate stamped motifs: twelve tiny hoops for head and gracefully curving body, two gently sawing stalks for antennae, and two zigzagging pairs of symbols that represent, variously, lightning and flowing water to create the wings. Not quite abstract, Dragonfly here is nonetheless highly stylized and summoned out of simple geometric shapes to dance on the silvery surface of the light. The pendant is hand-drilled at the top and hangs suspended from by a sterling silver jump ring from sturdy sterling silver snake chain. Earrings hang roughly 1″ long by 7/8″ across at the widest point, excluding wires (dimensions approximate). Matching necklace is shown in close-up in the Necklaces Gallery; sold as a set.

Sterling silver ingot
$625 + shipping, handling, and insurance

This set is named for the light, of course, but it could just as easily have been named for the air or the waters. Dragonfly is, after all, a spirit of all three elemental realms. But in the summer, when the pond is full, they inhabit all three simultaneously — skimming along on wind and water, their translucent wings riding the arc of the light.

It will take work, and also prayer, and more than a little of the spirits’ good favor and fortune, but if we are blessed accordingly, we may witness, early and soon, these dancers of wind and water and light.

~ Aji

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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