Unnatural Satellite

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May, 2019
Sterling silver, meteorite, faceted pallasite olivine, faceted libyan desert glass, faceted moldavite

In late 2018 I was commissioned by the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum to make a necklace for their permanent collection. This necklace was to be based off the Northern Hemisphere Necklace I had made a few years prior, but with a piece of lunar meteorite in the center. It was great to have a chance to remake that necklace; I always really liked it, but I have lamented the fact that that I didn’t take the space-centric design further.

The main portion of this necklace was based off the Voyager 2 space probe, as well as various retro-futuristic illustrations of spacecraft from the 1970s and 80s. The initial design was scaled and tweaked to accommodate the specimen I received from the museum, and to balance it when worn on the body. The constellations remain largely unchanged from the previous necklace:

 
 

Six of the most visible constellations in the northern hemisphere sky were recreated as links in a chain, with stones set to represent each star. Like last time, each stone’s size correlates that star’s magnitude. (How bright it is in the sky) This time around, the sizing of each stone was done to a much greater degree of accuracy and the stones themselves have changed. They are now comprised of pallasite olivine for the small stars, Libyan desert glass for three of the large stars, and a single deep green moldavite for the remaining large star. (Which represents Polaris, the north star.) The back links of the necklace are based off the modules found on the international space station.

Photos taken by Robert Diamante of berlianarts.com