Today, the darkest day of the year and the first official day of winter, is also the first in my five-day series of blog posts dedicated to starry snowflake jewelry designs.  I designed this double-star brooch to be suggestive of modern Americana – that is, relating to the history, geography, folklore and cultural heritage of our country:

Watercolor and Gouache White Metal and Diamond Double Star Brooch Rendering by Joana Miranda

Of course, the 50 stars of our nation’s flag and our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, certainly come to mind.  So, too does the “Lone Star” state of Texas – a giant of a state – and the glittering cities on both coasts where the twinkle of lights threatens to outshine the stars in the skies above.  Our country, which is one of the world’s most ethnically diverse and multicultured nations, is, at its best, a shining beacon for justice, hope and opportunity in the world.


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