Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Thinking about jewelry.
I am returning to a foundation form this time with the use of rare, unusual materials. Historically this was how jewelry developed from the use of the more exciting, less common, or hard to find materials. The picture above has on the left a piece of an iron meteorite from the prehistoric Gibeon fall. This was one time an asteroid hit the earth in prehistoric times and was so large it persists today. The main mass is listed as 26 tons. Following is a blurb from Wikipedia.
This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1836
Mass: 26 t
My little slice is from an exported fragment from the fall. It shows the internal structures of the crystal matrix of meteoric iron. This pattern is called the Widmanstatten pattern. Below that are beads made from fossilized dinosaur bone.
I traced the slice of iron and using a pen drew a possible form for wire wrapping to include the bits of dinosaur bone in what I hope will be a pleasing combination.
In olden times this would have been called a talisman. Something to evoke the power of the animal or the sight of a shooting star that brought the metal to earth. Now I call it ornament, jewelry or personal decoration. I embodies both the animal and what some think is the end of all of the dinosaurs.
Later I will post the finished piece.