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The Elemental Love of Fire and Water

Rivers of the Heart Earrings

Every now and then Wings creates a work that takes my breath away.

Most often, they are pieces that involve the blues of sky and storm, especially those that dance with the light. One thing they all share in common, though, is a certain elemental power: not merely earth and air, but also fire and water.

Today’s all new work, completed less than an hour ago, is one of the latter, a pair of earrings infused with the elemental love of fire and water, two long elegant drops that manifest as rivers of the heart.

Indeed, those characteristics give the work its name — not unsurprising on the surface, perhaps, given their shape. But a close inspection reveals the shapes and shades and spirits of love, those that dance like quicksilver above the surface of the waters, and those that carry the blood and water of life through our own bodies, and those of the Earth. From their description in the Earrings Gallery here on the site:

Rivers of the Heart Earrings

Love flows along the rivers of the heart. Wings honors its journey with a pair of earrings built around the warm, luminous glow of two fiery red agate cabochons. Each stone, beveled and high-domed, assumes the shape of a heart, and each is held in the secure embrace of a saw-toothed bezel atop a heart-shaped setting, each cut freehand from sterling silver. Each setting hangs from delicate wires by sterling silver jump rings, and ends in a tab at the base hand-drilled to hold another pair of jump rings. from these, a pair of sterling silver tassels hangs suspended like a fringe of molten water, the rivers that give the work its name. Each tassel is formed by hand of half-round wire, cut, shaped, and beveled into a point at the lower end. Butterflies, those spirits of love and water alike, dance in a chased pattern across the tassels’ reflective surfaces. Each earring is 3″ long (excluding wires); the heart-shaped settings are 3/4″ long by 11/16″ across at the widest point and the cabochons are 5/8″ long by 9/16″ across at the widest point; tassels hang 1-3/16″ long (dimensions approximate).

Sterling silver; red agate
$625 + shipping, handling, and insurance

The black velvet background doesn’t do justice to these, because it doesn’t show their dimensionality or dynamic sense of motion. They are balanced so that the silver “tassels” hang straight, stamped fronts facing forward . . . and yet, they dance. They move. They flow like water.

Like the lifeblood that animates all.

Like the love that is life itself.

They are as elemental as the world’s love for us, as our love for it, and as the love between more fundamental forces that, united, gives birth to whole worlds every day.

They are fire and water, rivers of the heart.

~ Aji

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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