Star-gazing and other pretty, pretty things…

Living in the city, I often feel like I spend many of my days looking down – at my desk, at the keyboard, and at the ground. For this reason, when the daylight closes its door on the day, I like to step outside into the darkness of night and spend some time looking up. At such times I am reminded of the constant beauty of starlight, and contemplate how insignificant I must be to one so ancient. I find this to be an incredibly comforting thought after all the stuff and nonsense of the day.

The words of Emily Bronte far more eloquently describe the delight of the stars:

‘All through the night, your glorious eyes
Were gazing down in mine,
And with a full heart’s thankful sighs
I blessed that watch divine!’

Perhaps this appreciation of things that shimmer and shine is what draws me to constantly seek out and collect so many jewelled wonders. This gorgeous necklace features high gloss black glass beads that catch the light (and the eye), and with its polished stainless steel construction, I feel like I carry around my neck a constant memory of the light and dark which shines within the world.

Black Bead Necklace

Now at least when I look down, I see this necklace and remember that inspiration and starlight can sometimes be found in the most unlikely of places.

I purchased this beautiful piece from Brisbane jewellery artist Ange McMullen, at her etsy store. She has many more lovely items which may just be the little piece of starshine that you’re looking to find in your life…


  1. Paul

    That is beautiful. It’s almost time for me to buy some more jewellery. I know exactly what you mean about the comfort found in a starry sky, it is a wonderful feeling.
    .-= Paul´s last blog ..Tom’s new spectacles =-.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Paul – Your comments are always so lovely (and so welcome).

      Lovely jewels do seem to call out to us, as if to ask us to indulge in such a seemingly impractical purchase. Perhaps they are only interested in the proliferation of their species?

      I know that for some, a starry sky can be daunting to behold. I’m glad to know that you join me in gazing up at the stars with a happily sighing soul…

  2. shraddha

    my husband has been telling me to buy stuff for myself for long time… i am motivated..
    .-= shraddha´s last blog ..Scenic Sunday =-.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Shraddha – Thanks again for your visit, and thank you too for your very kind retweets of my posts…much appreciated… 😀

      Yes! You should most definitely indulge in something beautiful for yourself!! You’ll have to let me know what you manage to find.

  3. Jess

    Ahh, the lovely Ange! Great buy 🙂

    I find sitting outside at night contemplating the stars calms me in a way not much else can. Nice to know I’m not alone 🙂
    .-= Jess´s last blog ..Imaginative Invention – Artisan Feature and Giveaway =-.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jess – Thanks! So glad you like the necklace too…

      Starry contemplation of the night sky is a wonderful luxury to indulge in. There must be a lot of us star gazers around… I’m glad you’re one of them!! 8)

  4. Ange

    Thank you so much for this post – I’m so glad you love your necklace! Creating makes me happy – having others enjoy my work just makes me beam 😀
    .-= Ange´s last blog ..Pearl, Swarovski Crystal and Charm bracelet – Belle of the Ball – FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING =-.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Ange – Honestly this post is a long time overdue in me writing it.

      Your necklace (and all your jewellery for that matter) is such a delight, it deserves to be shared with as many people as possible.
      I just can’t believe how perfect that necklace is… it seems that I’ve been searching for that exact one for a long, long time. All the thanks are therefore more correctly placed in your hands! 😀

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