Have you ever seen this curious image of a snake or a dragon coiled upon itself with its tail in its mouth, in effect forming a ring or a circle? The earliest known appearance of this image was in Egypt in the year 1600 BC. From there it eventually got passed on to Greece. This is the ancient symbol of the Ouroboros, from the Greek word “oura” meaning “tail” and “bόros” meaning “eating”. The Ouroborus symbolizes on a personal level the ability to create ourselves a new and to inspire us to make long lasting changes in our lives. On the cosmic level, it is the symbol of the universe itself that creates itself a new from itself, or as Stephen Hawking says – The force of gravity that allows in fact the universe to create itself a new infinitely.
Just finished a Mayan Venus Transit Ring set with diamomds in silver and gold – I’ve made this limited edition model/rings during the rare Venus transit on 6th of June 2012 and it was sold out within 48 hours. Last week I got a request from a client who wanted such a ring though of course it will not be made during any auspicious astrological moment, he simply liked the design….
I’ve always been a fan of Buckminster Fuller from the first time I set my eyes on a model of his geodesic dome and the first thing that came to my mind was quite obscure (at least at the time I thought it was…) – i thought that this is “consciousness”. I had no idea as to why this structure represented for me the concept of “consciousness” and as a matter of fact I forgot that this thought actually came to my mind.
A few weeks ago I was watching a BBC tv series called “Wonders of the Universe”, about physics, astronomy, the origin of the universe etc.. and one the things that caught my attention was the realization and the understanding that we are actually the universe itself learning and experiencing itself. Every atom in our body was created in the furnaces of long gone supernovas in the far regions of space. This was actually one of my favorite concepts and I’ve used this idea in some of my previous designs over the years, so this reminder sparked my imagination and I began searching that will combine “human”, ”universe” and “consciousness”.
The first idea was to use a molecular structure, something that defines life here on Earth, so I’ve decided to use the molecular structure of carbon – a pure form of carbon called “Fullerene” (names after Buckminster Fuller). As to why it is a fascinating structure and a fantastic symbol I will finish the story next week. Enjoy!!
About a week ago a client of mine from France came to the workshop and brought this talisman. He wanted to know what it is, so after a quick glance I’ve realized it’s an antique kaballah amulet.
On one side there was the tetragrammaton surrounded by an engarving of jacob’s blessing to his son Joseph on his deathbed.
On the other side there are names of angels , on around the talisman there is the entire “Ana be’koakh” prayer – the sacred 42 letters name. After I gave him a brief explanation about the meaning of the amulet he asked me if I could create a replica for him – I told him that I’ll do it for free if he will let me use it as a model for my clients – he agreed, so at the moment my brother, master engraver Jonathan weitzman is reengarving the model so that it will be an exact replica of the original one.
Finished the basic motif for this pendant. It’s based on an ancient Persian royal symbol of two tigers/lions. I’ve used the ancient eastern repousse technique for this one and I intend to set a beautiful turquise in it’s almost rough form with some granulation technique as well, and since it’s the Hebrew new year it’s a great symbol for the ancient Hebrew saying “Shenihye lerosh velo lezanav” – May will be the head (the leader/the lion) and not the tail – meaning may we will lead our lives and not led by circumstances. Shana Tove. May peace will dwell on Earth.
Working on a Buckyball model. For a long time I’ve been looking for a symbol for human consciousness and this is what came out. The Buckyball is actually the structure of pure carbon so by combining the Seed Of Life structure on the facets I’ve made today; It’s going to become a living “Sphere of Consciousness” pendant….