Thursday, October 31, 2013

Art Show Season Has Arrived In Sunny Southwest Florida!

Stop by my booth at the 
Longshore Lake Arts and Crafts Fair this Saturday.
11399 Phoenix Way off of Immokalee Road, east of I-75
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Friday, October 18, 2013

The Myth and Lore of Opal

October's Birthstone

Long, long ago, when the earth was young and elements were divine, the Storm God lolled about, playing amidst the wind and clouds in his luminous sphere. The rain came down in sheets, whipped through the sky, pelting the earth. Amid the lightning strikes, with black clouds riding the mountains and plains like emboldened dragons, the sunlight broke through the darkness. A rainbow appeared. The storm god grew angry and jealous of the rainbow's power. In a moment, he petrified it. Pieces of rainbow fell to the earth, becoming opals. 

Flash forward several tens of million of years into the fifteenth century. Imagine in another life time that you were a blond maiden. You were traveling through Cernowitz, Hungary where a community of about three hundred miners was mining for opals. You purchased one for a necklace. It would not only make you quite the fashionable rage, but give you talismanic power to protect the lovely color of your hair. 

The name of October's birthstone comes from the Sanskrit word, upala, which simply translates to "precious gem." From the Sanskrit came the Greek word, opalios, and the Latin, opalus. October's birthstone suggests the turn of leaves, gold, yellow, red, in the autumn months. I believe there is no gem more exquisite than a fine opal, and yet many people are reluctant to own one because they are believed to bring bad luck. 

Opals are fragile and brittle. In Arab myth and lore opals were held to be created when lightening strikes the earth. When lightening strikes sand, glass is formed. So like glass, opals are extremely brittle and fragile. 

The second origin of opals being bad luck comes from the notion of the evil eye. Lapidaries in Europe in the Middle Ages call the gem, ophthalmios, "eye stone." The eye of a dragon. or any malignant god was said to be bad luck. A Scandinavian story Volondr, the equivalent of the Roman god, Vulcan, described another source of opals. He was said to have created them from the eyes of children. 

The notion of the evil eye is widely held. The evil eye can seduce, which is why you should take care when you see the eyes in peacock feathers. In an ancient cavern with Roman columns under the streets of Istanbul is a column with a Medusa carving. The origin of this "evil eye," was the ancient story of this snake headed demon goddess that turned heroes into stone.

Yet opals were also held in high esteem. One gem, called the Orphanus, was set in a crown of the Holy Roman Empire. Said to glow with inner fire in the darkness, the opal represented the empire's regal honor. Opals were used as the eyes of deities. The Roman's knew opals as "cupid stone," symbolic of purity and hope. 

These stories suggest the true power of opals deals with a kind of visioning. Going back to the original story, the rainbow is metaphor for purity and blessing. At the end of the rainbow is the pot of gold-gold being the final alchemical process, the manifestation of one's own divinity. Rainbows also are about understanding something from many different perspectives. 

Opals contain the full color range. The view of orange is different than the view of blue or green. A rainbow is white light broken into various hues. Some esoteric traditions hold that colors represent the various qualities of souls. Shamanic practitioners in the Americas and Australia have used opals as a type of medicine that enables clarity. 

Perhaps opals enable you to dream a different vision of your life, one based on the universal perspective of the rainbow. While this path may not make you popular, it certainly will give you the satisfaction and radiance of fulfilling your inner duty. 

References: George Frederick Kunz, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones, New York; Dover Publications, Inc. 1913, 1971 edition. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

My Mermaid Song Necklace in the Jewelry Making Journal

Mermaid Song

I was just notified that my Mermaid Song Soutache and Swarovski Necklace has been posted in the online Jewelry Making Journal by Rena Klingenberg

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Meet Kelly

Lovely model Kelly wearing my Tigresse Soutache pendant with matching earrings.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Recognition From S.O.S Autism Association

My award received from the Animalia Contest in Romania has been donated to the S.O.S. Autism Association.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

1st Place Winner In The Animalia Contest Held in Romania!!!

Wow!!!  My Tigresse Soutache Set just won the Animalia Contest out of Romania. I am privileged to have talented artist friends from so far away thanks to our Facebook connection.  Thank you Mark Zuckerberg

Felicitari Suzanne C. Suber - SUA
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Felicitari Suzanne C. Suber  - SUA
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