Stars, Eclipses and Meteorites Inspire Artists and Jewelers
Long before I became a jeweler I gazed into space at the stars. And was fascinated by heavenly phenomena. For a while I thought my dad was an Astronomer. It turns out he was an Astrologer. We didn’t live together, so I bonded with him at a distance by star gazing and picturing him doing research for NASA. Nope.
As a jewelry blogger I knew my blogger life would be incomplete without exploring jewelry from other space loving jewelers. I asked Lord Google to show me some examples of heavenly jewelry and I’ll share some of the space jewelry I found on my virtual search.
The Corona Necklace
In honor of the total eclipse of the sun in Clarksville Tennessee, Elliott Herzlich, owner of Elliott’s Jeweler’s
in Clarksville decided to create a piece of jewelry to honor the historic event. I loved this piece so much I called him to ask a few questions.
He is indeed a space loving jeweler. His wife is Alisa White, President of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, and a lover of science and collaboration. Their Physics and Astronomy Department partnered with NASA to do research starting two years before the total eclipse, tracking data and launching atmospheric testing devices.
Pictures were provided of various eclipses from NASA as an inspiration for Elliott’s beautiful Corona design. The Corona design celebrates how the eclipse looks after the totality (full eclipse) first reveals a peak at the sun.
Elliott has been a custom designing jeweler for over 40 years. Clarksville is expecting between 200,000 and 500,000 visitors for the 2017 Eclipse. Schools will be closed and events for kids, adults, and hard core science lovers will take place throughout the City of Clarksville.
Solar Eclipse Awesomeness
I love this solar eclipse necklace by Jewel Sculpts in Athens Greece.
It reminds me of my client Janie who traveled for years to exotic locales to see total eclipses.
One of my missions for her was to locate eclipse jewelry for her. This was back in the day before the internet.
What better thing to do with a meteorite that has burned a path across the sky than to honor a piece of it in jewelry.
You’ll certainly have an “out of this world” piece of jewelry!
Meteorites all have different qualities so if you decide to get meteorite jewelry know that there are choices.
Getting all Technical about Space and a Meteorite
The necklace to the left was made from the Campo Del Cielo meteorite. Here’s information about it from Diamonds and Coal.
ABOUT THE CAMPO DEL CIELO METEORITE:
The Campo Del Cielo iron meteorites were discovered in 1571 about 500 miles northwest of Buenos Aries, Argentina. Testing proved the ‘rocks’ to be meteorites, something that had been claimed by the local inhabitants. It is estimated that the meteorites fell 4,000 – 6,000 years ago at Campo del Cielo (meaning “field of sky” or “heaven) in Gran Chaco, Gualambia. These meteorite fragments are made up iron, nickel, and many different scarce minerals, such as kamacite, taenite, plessite, triolite, graphite, and silicates.
Did you Know About Moissanite? From the Stars?
See the crater that was created on earth when the material that eventually became moissanite came to earth.
It’s all in my blog post all about moissanite
If you want your meteorite jewelry to be under the radar think about moissanite which looks like a diamond!
I hope you enjoyed this trip to space, jewelry style.
Your Heavenly Jeweler,