While I was in a hardware store just after Thanksgiving, where there lots of holiday decorations displayed, I overheard a woman in a somewhat outraged tone on her cell phone asking her caller "What the heck is with the Christmas Peacock?" She turned to me and ask "Are you with me on this?" I offered an answer that I thought it was something European. The truth is I remember always having a Peacock ornament clip-on miniature for our tree, but I never really knew why. My mom who is Italian always put it on. My curiosity peaked so I went home and looked it up and found that the peacock has been a symbol of Immortality going back to ancient Egypt and then the druid cultures Apparently a myth that the flesh of the peacock didn't disintegrate after death is what engendered this idea. From there the early Christians ascribed the peacock as a symbol of Resurrection as well so in Homage to the Ancients, I decided it was in keeping with the season and I needed to create a Peacock. This is my version. This Peacock is made from Sterling and Fine Silver and the bezels that hold the two Ethiopian Black Opals is made from 22 kt gold as is the bezel that holds the (conflict free) brandy yellow diamond. The diamond measures 2.52 mm and is a round faceted stone with a carat weight of .04 cwt. The opals are 4.65 cwt for the larger pear shaped Opal which has a slight defect, and the smaller is a pear shaped 1.13 cwt. stone.
This piece measures 3.5 H x 1.25 inches at the widest part of the tail. The pin is a simple one also made from Sterling silver.
The Opals remind me of the infinite possibilities for the new year, with the deep flashing colors that look like the night sky in this immortal peacock.
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