Star in the East Bracelet
I love working vintage and second hand components into my beadwork. The filigree stars here are from a beadshow, and they are vintage, probably 1960s. The cabochons are acrylic, and they came from a thrift store. Older things hold a lot of interest for me, because the provenance is usually a mystery, but you can be sure there is a story behind it.
I chose to call this piece the Star in the East because I had heard the phrase when reading about 19th century spiritualism, and it just seemed very intriguing and suiting. The Order of the Star in the East is a Theosophical organization. The Star of the East is one name for the star the Magi followed in the Nativity story, and to me this design has a Christmas feel. It also makes me think of Venus, which is at it’s brightest near sunrise and sunset. It’s so bright, it is often mistaken for a UFO.