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In the Embrace of the Light

Turquoise Dawn Earrings

Snow is promised, or at least predicted, for Monday and Tuesday, but this week began with a turquoise dawn.

It was the perfect spring morning for prayer, for a return of our attention to earth and sky and the spirits who dwell within and between them. The earth itself is increasingly green now, the early trees too, and even the colder air feels that way mostly by comparison now. After the mercury passes seventy, it’s hard to readjust to a chill wind.

This will be a week of mostly mental preparation; planting lies a few weeks off yet, and any tilling of the earth with it. But in a week much of the outside world marks as holy (as do plenty of those within our boundaries, too), we are all making the necessarily psychological shift in perspective from endurance, from mere survival, to active engagement with the growth and renewal of another year.

Now, at midday, the clouds have begun their slow but steady return — mostly wispy white veils at the moment, criss-crossing the western sky, but they are spreading, inexorably, in all directions. The blue they increasingly conceal remains in place, though, even if to us it will soon be mostly shrouded once again in gray. It’s unlikely that the clouds will do more than mask the turquoise sky today; that is reserved to tomorrow, if it happens at all. But we have entered the season when the clearest part of each day is the dawn — fitting, for the earliest days of the season that holds the earth’s promise for the year.

It means that today’s featured work fits time and place unusually well. From its description in the Earrings Gallery here on the site:

Turquoise Dawn Earrings

One of the jewels of the desert is the turquoise dawn. Wings invokes its beauty and power with these classic earrings, wrought in traditional fashion of silver and stone. The sterling silver settings are formed of bright oval medallions, polished to a mirror sheen and edged all the way around in hand-stamped sunrise symbols to catch and refract the light. At their centers, in spare, low-profile bezels, rest a pair of stunning free-form Turquoise Mountain cabochons, brilliant sky blue and dusted with bits of earthy red-gold matrix. Each earrings hangs 1-5/8″ long by 1-3/16″ across at the widest point; each cabochon is roughly 7/8″ long by 1/4″ across at the widest point.

Sterling silver; Turquoise Mountain turquoise
$775 + shipping, handling, and insurance

Even as these were in the process of creation, unfinished, I knew they would be among my favorites from Wings’s current inventory. The stones themselves made that likely in the first place, with their intense indigo color and richly textured shapes and surfaces.

But the world into which they have been birthed, one of embracing rays of silvered light, is a model for our own now: As we emerge from the dormancy of another winter gone, it is time to come alive again, to bring our world alive again. Like the Skystones, deeply rooted in hand-made bezels created for their own curves and contours, it is time for us to relearn the lessons of living: to stand strong, to reach out, to work and dance in the embrace of the light.

~ Aji









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