Make a Moonstone Pendant to Honor the Eclipse

Something spectacular is happening in the sky August 21, 2017. And unless you live under a rock (in which case you’re probably not reading this), you know what it is — a solar eclipse.

ABOVE: Eclipse image: GETTY IMAGES

Since I am not a scientist of any kind, I’ll let NASA give you the lowdown:

“On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights — a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere — the corona — can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.”

For more info (including the timing of the eclipse and great safety tips for viewing the phenomenon), check out NASA’s eclipse website: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov.

But the most important question for eclipse watching is . . . what shall I wear? Okay, maybe that’s only important for some of us. But all the images of eclipses I’ve seen on the news lately put me in mind of one of my favorite pieces by one of my favorite jewelry artists — Noël Yovovich’s Moonlit Landscape Pin/Pendant from the April 2010 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. (It was even on the cover.)

Make a Moonstone Pendant to Honor the Eclipse

Pin/pendant: PHOTO: JIM LAWSON

While the moonstone in this awesome piece is meant to represent the moon — and the whole point of a solar eclipse is that you don’t really see the moon as it blocks the sun — the otherworldly colors and stark landscape reminds me of the cool shades and shadows produced by the eclipse.

Some of the coolest things about this piece:

  • It uses moonstone, one of my very favorite stones. (So, yes, I’m biased.)
  • The three layers of silver and gold sheet and wire gives the piece amazing dimension and interest.
  • It’s easily made into a pin or pendant — whichever you’re in the mood for during the eclipse.
  • You’ll be the most fashionable person at your eclipse viewing party! (Yes, that is a thing. I’m going to one in neighborhood. Fabulous, huh?)

Happy eclipse watching! But don’t forget the safety glasses.
MATERIALS

  • 22-gauge sterling silver sheet
  • 26-gauge 18K yellow gold sheet
  • 22 or 24K gold
  • Fine silver bezel strip
  • 8mm moonstone
  • 18-gauge sterling silver round wire
  • 3mm ID jump rings (2)
  • 3-part pin finding set
  • Faceted labradorite beads

TOOLS

  • HAND TOOLS: scissors, glue stick, small drill bit and rotary tool or drill, jeweler’s saw frame and 04 or 05 blades, beeswax, nylon-lined pliers, punch or dulled nail and hammer
  • SOLDERING TOOLS: hard, medium and easy wire or sheet solder, medium paste solder, flux, pickle and pickle pot, oxy-propane or acetylene torch, soldering station, charcoal block, titanium or copper V-shaped strips
  • FINISHING TOOLS: sandpaper and buffing tools of choice, chemical blackener

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Fabrication
  • Soldering
  • Stone setting
  • Bead stringing