My mother loved jewelry. She would keep the broken odd pieces, hoping I’m sure to have them repaired one day. When my sister and I were sorting through her jewelry after she passed away we decided it would be nice to have new pieces made out of the old broken ones for her grandchildren (and us). I was very lucky to have a friend, Diana Krupa, work on this project where she took these odd bits and pieces of stone and reinvented them into new pieces. I like the symbolism of this, life is a process of continually reinventing. Last week I viewed the jewelry Diana had made and was so happy with what she had created that I wanted to share it with everyone (everyone who reads my post!). I’m not posting photo’s of all the pieces as they are to be gifts!
Toward the end of seeing the jewelry she looked a bit nervous and then she pulled out this piece which I had always loved and said how she would trade all the work on the jewelry for this one piece. Then she went on to explain how when she had researched the piece she had found that it, or one like it, was worn by an ancestor of hers long ago. So it had special meaning to her. The Jeruselum Cross as it is inscribed on the back is beautiful, with intricate details. I always thought of it as the equal arm cross and love the history and meaning of it. If you are not familiar with it’s history this site is a nice place to start.
As I was working on some small paintings creating very small figures I realized that when a human gets that small we greatly resemble a cross. I then began to wonder if perhaps the first human to draw a figure might have drawn a cross and then I began to wonder if this might have been the birth of human consciousness—when we became self-conscious. Maybe that could be why this symbol is so important to us across so many cultures? Anyway, that was my wondering thought as I was making art…..