Ishtar, fine and sterling silver, silk thread, lapis, amber and carnelian
Last weekend I finished the Ishtar bracelet featuring my Courage charm. She's a beaut! I decided to use a tawny silk thread to knot the lapis beads together and add just a spark of amber to suggest the color of a lion's coat. Accents of deep, orange-red, faceted carnelians make a dotted path along a chunky chain of aged silver.
This bracelet has multiple layers and varying shapes and textures that mimic the complex depth of Ishtar -- a goddess that symbolized love, fertility and war. This luxurious adornment is fit for any woman who feels both a little earthy and exotic. It's like traveling back in time to Persia and uncovering a treasure that's been hidden away for years, and now you possess its secret alluring magic.
In addition, the magnificence of ancient jewelry resonates in its honest use of precious, raw materials. The colors of ancient architecture, sculpture, pottery, and jewelry are hues produced directly from the earth. No wonder that we love the Ishtar Gate for it capitalizes on the primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. This triad of colors is a dynamic psychological combination and communicates messages of power and decisive action -- wearable art for a modern day Wonder Woman. I like to think of the blue as cooling water, the amber as a glowing sunset, and the red-orange as the warm, ruddy earth. Together they represent a color microcosm of ancient Babylon and our universe.