The ring makes visible the Eskimo tale surrounding the flash and 'light' that labradorite stones appear to hold within their opaque feldspar depths. I projected one of the striations within this cabochon upwards (all the while trying not to become too mesmerised by its winking, lilting colour, oscillating from a deep sea green to ultramarine interspersed with flecks of deeper darkness) and created the 'shattered' surface.
The image of the Eskimo myth was in my mind when I developed this part of the design. The Eskimo's spear striking down into the labradorite rock, so the myth goes, releases a portion of the light within the stone to roam freely in the sky as the 'Northern Lights'.
Geology, landscape and myth all woven into silver, carefully etched and pieced and soldered together.
It feels good to have these ideas finally made of something substantial. They have hung like a mist in my mind for some time. The story isn't over yet. I think the Eskimos and their spears will be walking again over my workbench in search of more trapped light!
|The Myth of the Aurora Borealis, ring, silver and labradorite, Cari-Jane Hakes, October 2011|