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Honor Blues

Two Hearts Dancing Earrings

It has been a long, difficult week, one filled with stress and sadness. That emotional burden has been exacerbated by the presence of harsh and bitter winds, turning what should have been beautifully warm spring days into a hardship to be endured, with little hope of respite on the other side of it.

Today is different.

Early this morning, a not-quite-full moon sank, enormous and amber, in the northwest sky to make way for bright blue skies. The wind is no more than a gentle breeze, and where the moon descended this morning, gigantic thunderheads have risen, their rain-laden masses manifest in shades of lapis and cobalt and violet.

And though we have lost a small spirit in physical form, her love lives on.

Loss makes celebration seem inapt; grief transforms it into something not merely appropriate, but necessary. We have always known this. It’s why, at times, we mark the lives of those no longer with us with honor dances, honor songs.

If blue is the shade of sadness, it is also the color of honor. And today, while our dancing is only figurative, an act of the heart and the spirit, we nonetheless celebrate the spirit to whom we bade farewell yesterday, one of pure joy and and even purer love. It’s a day when today’s featured work is especially apt — not, perhaps, in the romantic sense in which it was originally intended, but two hearts blue, in sadness and in honor, dancing all the same. From its description in the Earrings Gallery here on the site:

Two Hearts Dancing Earrings

It’s the ultimate expression of love, two hearts dancing freely in the joy of each other’s existence. Wings summons that spirit of romantic love with these earrings, manifest in the light of brilliant silver and the fidelity of the deepest of blues. They begin with a pair of simple sterling silver ovals, a center hoop excised freehand, ajouré-fashion, all edges filed smooth as silk. Around each arching oval dance ten hand-stamped hearts, front and back. In the center, a pair of tiny holes are hand-drilled: one at the very top to hold the sterling silver wires; the other, just above the open space, where a jump ring holds the gemstone pendant. The pendants themselves are both human figure and heart, two beautifully matched cabochons of purest cobalt-blue lapis lazuli, the round “head” at the top free of matrix, the heart-shaped “body” traced with delicate arteries of shimmering pyrite. The paired stones rest in saw-toothed and scalloped bezels that form a single setting, each with its own organic bail extending from the top to attach to the jump ring from which it dances in the light. Each earrings hangs 1-5/8″ long (excluding wires) by 1-18″ across at the widest point; each round cabochon is 3/16″ across; each heart-shaped cabochon is 1/2″ long by 3/8″ across at the widest points (dimensions approximate).

Sterling silver; lapis lazuli
$625 + shipping, handling, and insurance

The salient feature of these earrings is that they really do dance: With every movement, they turn and shift in the light. They are the embodiment of a strong heart, and of an honorable one, too — independent, free, united by choice and love.

Today, we celebrate in simultaneous sadness and joy: a dance in honor blues.

~ Aji








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