With this week’s MotD theme, Jewelry, I searched for a variety of jewelry with one criteria: I wanted the jewelry to be handmade; especially so that I could showcase the artisan as well as their art.
This mandala incorporates elements from two pieces of jewelry I found; one of which to be showcased later this week. I love the strong symmetry of the circles and the “wand” that holds the descended circle. On a whim, and divinely inspired (I’m sure), I “doodled” the asymmetrical band.
The whole thing comes together as a rather interesting abstract image. Should be another fun one to paint/color.
The ancient people wore jewelry made of feathers, bones, shells, and colored pebbles. These colored pebbles were gems and gems have been admired for their beauty and durability and made into adornments. Diamonds were not popular until people learned how to cut them to show their brilliance, which began in Europe sometime around the 1300. Many types of jewelry items still made today began as functional objects. Pins and brooches originated from the clasps that held clothing together. Rings and pendants were used for early seals and signs of identification, rank, and authority.
“Jewelry and pins have been worn throughout history as symbols of power, sending messages. Interestingly enough, it was mostly men who wore the jewelry in various times, and obviously crowns were part of signals that were being sent throughout history by people of rank.” ~ Madeleine Albright
The Mandala Lady