The Star of Raining Hope is a riff on a design I created this year, pairing the majestic loneliness of mountain peaks with the cold hope of a glistening star. It’s a design that found, to my humble joy, it’s way into the hearts of many supporters of my work. Like in the major arcana of tarot, the Star symbolizes the fixed guide of Hope amid a desolate and lonely cold. The focal was created in the painstaking ancient technique of cloisonné. After designing the linework, I bend itty-bitty wires into the designs, which are then filled with thin layers of glass powder, each layer requiring separate kiln firings. For more about this technique, have a look at my IGTV. Details were picked out in gold leap and liquid gold paint - they really add depth paired with the translucent and semi-translucent layers of glass and silver wires and catch the light.
The pendant hangs on a sturdy, very long chain to complement its size. It is signed and dated on the reverse, to be a clear memento of this strange year, for future you and your future descendents.
All handmade jewelry is delicate. Though by no means as fragile as some gemstones, vitreous enamels can break or chip if mishandled. No drops, shocks, tugs or chemicals - and it will last to be buried with you inside your pyramid, or to be bequeathed to an oddball youthful relation.