Archaelogical exploration provides us with some insight into the beliefs and lifestyle of our ancestors. Most fragile and organic remains are lost and broken down over time however inorganic remains ( such as clay, stone, glass, metal and plastic) are more likely to survive, or at least remain partially intact. The earliest known jewellery ever found was created by Neanderthal living in Europe. This piece was a necklace made from small perforated sea shells, dating back to 115000yrs ago.
Lately I have become extremely drawn to the Eye Idols unearthed in an ancient city, Tell Brak, in Syria. It is believed these statues were an offering to the Gods (3400BC) and the wide open eyes a symbol of attentiveness. I have created my first Eye Idol pendant in homage to these ancient people. Hopefully this will be the first of many very precious Eye Idol pendants which I create by hand with deep reverence for the past and for the people of that time.
The stories, the deep symbolism and the mystery of ancient jewellery are fascinating. I feel humbled and honoured to think that perhaps long after I am gone some of the jewellery I have created may still be worn, or unearthed from some long forgotten place. It is with this knowledge that more and more I feel compelled to create pieces with deep meaning and symbolism.