Silver Shell Earrings.
Supplied with bag.
About this design and the ideas and emotion with it:
One a rainy day I am standing on the bridge over a modern motorway, but towards me on the bridge comes a nun in medieval clothing with a donkey. She stops and we talk. She has walked all the way from Northern France and we are in Spain. She wears a shell like this one. A pilgrim's shell, for faith, for hope, for meaning. Not all pilgrims are religious. I am not a Catholic like her but I stand in awe under the same double rainbow we both have seen over the cathedral up the hill. It's one of the strangest and most meaningful moments in my life, because we are all pilgrims.
We all must walk our hard paths in life and reach for meaning. We all must relate to the people on our journeys. We all must look to the hilltops and see our future lit there.
In case you think I made this up to sell jewellery, I have photographs of both the pilgrim nun and the double rainbow over Santiago de Compostela, where I went on a pilgrimage in a beat up old van I converted myself with my husband and two children in search of widened horizons and an empathic view of the world for us all.
About the Jewelery:
One off, original, contemporary silver jewellery. Handmade by Artist and designer Kirsteen Lyons-Benson BA (Hons).
Every piece is a little creation, an artwork, they are not made by machine, they are handmade by me one at a time. They are each given my love and create and attention.
These pieces are made using “metal clay” which is metal and a tiny amount of organic material, then I heat the hardened clay (with a blowtorch) to burn away the organic material leaving only silver metal behind. I then hand polish this to a shine. Hand made products from natural materials will always have slight differences one to another. I think this is part of the charm but it’s possible your jewellery will not be identical to the one photographed.
I have been creating art all my life, starting out with clay in my parents pottery when I was four years old, I have spent a lifetime learning to sculpt and paint and design. I create these pieces because I love to, I hope you enjoy owning them as much as I enjoy making them.
“When you make something unique you advance the culture, it’s not like owning something mass produced, that’s just repeating what came before, you own a little piece of the future. Art is life, art is peace, art is purpose, it’s worthwhile to support that in all of us.” Kirsteen
Silver Shell Jewellery
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