I know, I know. If you’re from my generation, the first thing that popped into your head is Bonnie Tyler’s song (“Once upon a time I was falling in love, now I’m only falling apart; there’s nothing I can do, a total eclipse of the heart…”). And if you’re anything like me, you now have a brain worm and that song will be in your head for the next week. You’re welcome.
That is not the source of my inspiration this month, however. On August 21, 2017, Western North Carolina is in the direct path of a total solar eclipse. The last time a total eclipse came even close was May 30, 1984 (thank you, Google), so we’re all a-twitter here in Asheville (though it won’t be total here, it’s not a long drive to get to Franklin, where it will be). I’ve even rescheduled my assistant, Kristen, so we both can have the time to stare into our eclipse viewers and awe at the wonder of it all.
All that to lead into my inspiration…astronomy. The sun, the moon, and the stars.
So let’s start with the moon. I’ve been playing with rose gold wire these days and I think it shows this moonstone off quite nicely.
Aurora Borealis is otherwise known as Northern Lights. While it’s more atmospheric than astronomical, when I think of AB (as it’s fondly called), I think of stars.
There is a process that can be done to crystals to give them the same kind of shimmer as the Northern Lights. This is also called Aurora Borealis. They’re hard to photograph well, especially earrings, because the angles that the light hits them gives the impression that they’re different colors.
There is star opal, star sapphire, and then there are synthetic star gemstones that are called Linde Star. Of course, we could go the shape route, and I think I will.
And you knew we had to go down the Sunstone route. Yes, there is a gemstone called sunstone. In doing my research, sunstone comes from the feldspar family, from which aventurine and moonstone are also related. There is also something called star sunstone.
So that about encompasses the wonderful world of astronomy/gemology. I hope you were as inspired looking at the pretty stones as I was.
On August 21st, if you’re in the viewing path of the eclipse, protect your eyes and marvel at the wonder of it all. If you’re not in the viewing area, perhaps some astronomy-inspired jewelry will be a consolation prize for you.
Until next month!