As I've traveled to a handful of places (like General Assembly) I have frequently heard requests for "more chalice jewelry!" So I've been keeping a lookout for more. If you saw us at GA this year you noticed we did have new ones by Charlot Martin and Jordan Gribble. One day a woman stopped by to talk to us about something and I couldn't help admiring the flame-shaped chalice pendant she wore. So we got to talking about it and kept in touch.
K Robins' website describes this sterling silver pendant as being 2"x2" but it is actually a more moderate 3/4" by 1-1/2". Solid yet lightweight, this pendant floats nicely on the silk cord that comes with it. I don't find it turned backwards when I'm wearing it the way some of my other jewelry tends to end up. What I like best about the design is the chalice/person. I see it as a person with arms extended, the graceful flow of their lower garment almost giving it a feminine aspect -- but then again not. K says:
The sterling silver Flaming Chalice pendant ... 'incubated' for a long time - for many years it seems, Unitarian Universalists that I met have requested a chalice and flame combo from me. Around Easter this year (2011), I gave it a try. A wide spectrum of symbolic meaning revealed itself… from birth, to living in the flame of truth, to death and resurrection. As Flaming Chalice was not a commissioned piece for UU, I was free to immerse myself in the experience of chalice and flame union. I loved working on this piece! The deep meaning and alchemy of these two powerful symbols (the UU symbol incorporates two circles) is perfect for the open arms and spiritual quest of the Unitarian Universalist. k
I don't know if we'll carry them at a GA some year, but I did want to let you know about this one. This pendant is $49 and you would order it directly from K Robins' website. It's worth browsing through all the other beautiful symbolic jewelry she's created! -- Gretchen, UUWR Storekeeper