An obsession with the celestial is nearly as old as time. Civilizations before us worshiped sun gods and goddesses—many still do—and looked to the stars to create stories and lend wisdom (and, again, many still do—if you like to read your horoscope, you do, too).
The stars and moon are incredibly strong icons in jewelry, favored by consumers worldwide and serving as steadfast best sellers. In an uncertain time like this, not only do we look to the stars—either for guidance or in wonder, or simply to zone out—but we like to keep them close to our bodies, in talismanic jewelry.
Yes, we’ve been mooning over celestial jewelry for ages, and now, demand for the planetary persuasion is higher than ever.
But this isn’t a post about the stars. Or, in fact, it is, since we’re talking about the biggest, most powerful star near us, the center of our solar system: the sun.
“Here comes the sun,” sing the Beatles, in a song about hope and a new day. It’s a sentiment we can take into 2021, not necessarily knowing, but certainly hoping, that things will be better. The sun warms us and signals that dawn is breaking, making an entrance by casting colors across the sky, and doing the same upon its exit at sunset.
I’ve worn a single sun earring for over a year now. A sweet little sunrise crafted by IO Collective, purchased after my daughter uttered one of her first words: sun. It meant something to me then, but its symbolism seems to mean even more now.
On the whole, I think consumers will chase the stars more than they will seek the sun, but I absolutely believe that this bright presence will gain its fair following as we near 2021, and even more so throughout the winter, when we’re missing the bright warmth of a summer’s day.
So sit back, relax, and catch some rays.
Top: Seaside medallion pendant in 18k yellow gold with paraiba tourmaline, turquoise, and sapphire, $3,400; Nouvel HeritageFollow JCK on Instagram: @jckmagazine
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