"...I lifted my shade and had a friendly reunion with the constellations...I get a wonderful peace and the most exquisite pleasure from my friendship with the stars." Ellen Glasgow Polaris, the North Star, has always had very special meanings for each culture in the northern hemisphere. It is fixed in the sky above the north pole, and so, wherever you are in the northern hemisphere, you always point north when you face it. (Isn't it comforting to be able to fix direction by simply looking at a star?) Importantly, the Inuit have, over the ages, developed a much different use for the North Star - They use it to tell time...Every other star in the heavens revolves around Polaris - Those stars close to Polaris than the horizon never rise nor set, but continually circle the pole star in the sky - one complete circle every 24 hours. One of the constellations close to Polaris is Ursa Major (We call it the 'Great Bear' - The Inuit call it the 'Caribou.') The Inuit twenty-four hour cycle is based on the position of the 'Caribou' relative to the North Star, and is divided into ten unequal segments whose durations are influenced by daily activities.
Sterling Silver - $135.00
14KT Solid Yellow Gold - $385.00
We have designed our Star Time Amulet to reflect the importance of Polaris to all of the cultures in the northern hemisphere - It is at the center of our Amulet, and is represented by a circle of aancient Fossil Walrus or Fossil Mammoth Ivory. The complete Sterling Silver circle surrounding it represents those ever-circling constellations which never set. The half circle represents those constellations closer to the horizon that rise and set every day. The silver is hammered so that its reflected light 'twinkles'. Individual stars are represented by three lovely sparkling opals. 1 1/4 inch high, 1 1/4 inch wide. The very first time you wear this Amulet, you will know that you are wearing something really special! As always, completely hand crafted in our studio.
Sterling Silver - Complete with Sterling Silver chain.
14KT Solid Gold - Complete with gold-filled chain.