Question: What do you think this object is?
[Indefinitive] Answer: Hat Stand. Or random household decoration. But it was in the “hat stand” section of the Berlin flea market where I bought it, so….
Ok, but why am I even asking you this question? [In and of itself a good question!] Here’s why: the other night, my husband and I had some Italian friends over for dinner. Just before they arrived, I was scrambling to decorate the dining room table. So I grabbed some of my vintage mirrors [I have quite the motherlode!] and was looking for something else to add some ‘height’ to the table display. I grabbed this [see: the object pictured above]. I didn’t think much of it until our friends began discussing something in Italian [the girlfriend of the pair doesn’t speak very much English] and pointing at it. After a minute, her boyfriend said to me [in English; he’s fluent], “that’s the Star of David, right?” And then they spoke a bit more and he said, “you’re decorating for Christmas? Very nice!”
Religious emblem? Hat stand? Whatever. I politely told our guests that it could, in fact, be a Star of David. And yes, I’m already thinking about Christmas decorating. [Right…because I haven’t started decorating for Halloween yet…]
But this whole scene made me start thinking about SHOOTING STARS. And the fact that maybe I have a small obsession with them?? This all comes back to jewelry because it was, in fact, a shooting star necklace that perhaps launch my infatuation with jewelry. One of the first pieces I bought when I started getting really serious about jewelry as a passion/business was a necklace that I found in Essaouira, Morocco in 2006. It’s sterling silver with bits of rhinestone [which make the “stars” glimmer!], and lapis lazuli to add color to these beautiful ‘shooting stars’.
Well, I’m off to start my weekend…I hope there’s lots of jewelry in it ; )
Note: This necklace is NOT typical of Moroccan jewelry, which tends to be Tuareg-made or influenced. More tribal looking. But when I saw this, I loved it, grabbed it and didn’t ask questions!