There was speculation that an ancient Mayan calendar predicted our demise, placing it in time so that even the most skeptical amongst us wondered until the date had passed; December 21, 2012. And then we pinched ourselves, just to be sure.
It was an otherwise stunning objet d’art, intricately designed with the tools of the time, carved out of stone. Maybe it is this, more than anything, that gave it authority, this heavy, massive stone art. It tells a story whose true meaning lies with the people of its time. What thoughts inhabited the carver’s mind as he worked?
The sun rose again on December 22. Rivers continued to flow. And artists of our time continued to interpret the world in their works. What is, then, the true meaning of this piece from the jeweler’s workbench? The story changes along with the story of the beholder. Silvio introduced it with the words Mountain and Sunset.
I see a silver river, running eternally between a spiral sun and a glacial field. I see timelessness, or a stretching of time rather, as the crystalline opal clasps secrets beneath its surface. It is fluid, yet motionless, as if saying, “Take notice. The sun appears to move, but it is you who is moving; and when you stand by the river, it is your entire story that is carried away to be replenished, again and again.”
Silvio made this mesmerizing Australian opal, silver and gold pendant for Chad Blasch, blacksmith and farrier, owner of Next Generation Hoofcare, right here in Jeffersonville.
Blacksmith, farrier and jeweler. Time-honored traditions, each leaving its mark on history with the sharing of knowledge; with every piece that is created, gifted, and passed down from generation to generation.
More opals await timeless expression.
Read more about the Opal HERE.