The overarching theme of the 2019 Halloween Collection is 'Alchemy & Divination'
This piece is part of the Augury Mini Collection
Real cicada wings, copper electroformed with a rutilated quartz coffin and crescent moon. The coffin is translucent and open-backed, you can see the rutilations within the crystal.
Pendant: 3 x 1 5/8"
Chains: 19", accented with black faceted glass beads.
The cicada is an ancient polyvalent symbol: resounding themes are resurrection, immortality, spiritual realization and spiritual ecstasy
So Plato, in the Phaedrus, tells the myth of the cicadas. - Cicadas were originally humans who, in ancient times, allowed the first Muses to enchant them into singing and dancing so long that they stopped eating and sleeping and actually died without noticing it. The Muses rewarded them with the gift of never needing food or sleep, but to sing from birth to death. The task of the Cicadas is to watch humans to report who honors the Muses and who does not.