This design has long been close to my heart. It is so representative of my aesthetic: polished darkness, shimmering gemstones, and depictions of celestial phenomenon. The moon as it passes through its phases harkens to my moniker, Moonspinner. I wrote at length on the name and its meaning here if you want to take a peek.
But to quickly revisit, a moonspinner is a mythical being created by the British author, Mary Stewart. These naiads walk the countryside at dusk spinning down the light of the moon onto their spindles. As the nights pass the moon lessens while their spindles grow with the milky-white light of the moon, until finally the moon has disappeared from the sky and the world is plunged into darkness. They do this so that for one night the “creatures of the hillsides are safe from the hunters and the tides are still.” Then the maidens take their spindles down to the sea to wash the moonlight they have gathered, where the light slips into the water and unravels to the horizon where the moon again rises from the sea. And when all the woolen light is washed, they begin again.
These pieces are to honor the moon. That maiden dwelling in the dark and deep waiting to be born anew, that mother who through her tilting, swaying dance with the earth gives birth to the very tides, that crone whose age is seen on her face with every scar and blemish and dimple. These necklaces are meant for tender moonspinners, for those mavens who draw upon the natural world to create their art, and for me.