Many moons ago I read about Laika* in a children’s book called ‘Laika in between the stars’. It absolutely captivated me. It told the story of Laika but als shed light on other animals who heroically helped and saved humans. Her bravery and loyalty found a place in my heart and a few years ago I started to design a couple pieces inspired by the little dog. I couldn’t get it right so I put it aside until the I began working on the ‘Stardust’ collection.
With her valience, and also the love I have for my own dogs, in mind I created a delicate portrait of Laika in the form of these earrings. They are meant to honour her courage and to remind us of the pure love and resilliance of man’s most loyal companion.
These earrings are handmade out of fine and sterling silver. They feature vibrant Montana Agate hearts and the most captivating Star Obsidian droplets.
The weight of each earring is: Dog: 6,4 and Stars: 3,6 grams. They are worn on a silver post with push back closure.
*On November 3rd 1957 a stray dog from Moscow Russia, named Laika, was send into space on the satellite Sputnik 2. She became the first ever living creature to orbit Earth. Unfortunately she passed away during her journey in space. Laika’s flight paved the way for human space travel.
“If you came to me with a face I have not seen, with a name I have never heard, I would still know you. Even if centuries separated us, I would still feel you. Somewhere between the sand and the stardust, through every collapse and creation, there is a pulse that echoes of you and I.
When we leave this world, we give up all our possessions and our memories. Love is the only thing we take with us. It is all we carry from one life to the next.”
-By Lang Leav
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10 July 2023