This necklace will be up for auction through www.MetalsmithsForChange.com on Instagram.
Auction begins Saturday, May 8th, 2021 at 10am and ends Sunday, May 9th at 10am Pacific Time.
Made from their original wedding bands, melted down and forged anew to securely hold his ashes; visible yet obscured by a rutilated quartz.
"My love of humanity and passion for helping others inspired me to become a physician."
-Dr. Patricia Bath
Starting this Saturday, a new group of auctions for Metalsmiths for Change will be going up on Instagram. You can preview the auctions at the website but the auctions will be held on Instagram so you'll need an Instagram account to participate. I love IG and hope you'll join me over there. I often post works in progress, along with garden and pet, husband and travel (when we get to travel again) :)
On Inauguration Day, I woke up feeling....energized. I put on my robe and my string of pearls, and shuffled to the kitchen for coffee, preparing for the ceremony to come. I felt connected to so many of you. I had received notes and messages from several who had commissioned or bought dissent collars, saying you were wearing them that day. We were connected by so many threads: rejoicing in the strength of women, a compassionate new President Joe Biden, and Kamala Harris, a Woman of Color, taking her place as Vice President of the United States of America...the Dark Ages of the past four years coming to a close.
A friend celebrating her birthday on Jan 20th decided to buy the necklace, while saying she had an idea for birthday earrings. She sent me a drawing and we talked on the phone, caught up on life, discussed these earrings and how much hope and love we have for America. The earrings commemorate the date, a palindrome, and based on Leonard Cohen's 'Anthem'... I feel honored to once again be a catalyst for your creativity. (And I love these earrings so much, I am making myself a pair!) xoxox
Ancient water, held encapsulated in quartz, magnifies a micro-mosaic of jewel-colored raindrops; a story of how we are related and rely on, and impact, each other’s lives.
I will let the owner of this cuff tell his story below. From my perspective, magnifying the micro-mosaic with a quartz is a technique I have only used a few times, and never with an enhydro quartz. (Enhydro quartz is a crystal that formed in water, encapsulating it, and there is a tiny bubble of air that moves around inside the water-filled chamber.) This cuff bracelet incorporates what I do best in creating personal adornment that speaks to the heart of the person wearing it. It is an honor and a joy to hear your stories and interpret them into wearable art for you. I cherish the relationships we build.
A note, shared with permission:
Courtney, Our exchanges convince me that you have explored my personality and, through your insightful eye and creative powers, truly given me works of art that embody the spirit of your adoptive culture. The color palette so reflects me as a gay man and, as combined with the water stone, captures my life’s work and my personal challenges as well.
I was allowed by friends and family to grow in my identity and the most important challenges I faced were self imposed. Yet, from the 1960’s to now was a time of great change for openly gay people in my profession. The joy that I see in this cuff will allow me to celebrate that self growth while reminding me that my professional career has meaning.
For me, my greatest professional accomplishment was the firm establishment of the Public Trust Doctrine in NC law. As a result, the submerged lands under sounds and rivers is held in trust for the public. Equally, the doctrine protects the public trust applicable to all of our State’s ocean beaches. I spent over 20 years on that project. As a native of the coast, I can’t imagine a bigger accomplishment. With the stone, you have expressed the joy that I feel in that accomplishment. Dan
Thank you, Dan. It has been my pleasure to get to know you over many years.