Sun Goddess Ring Supreme by Susan Hamilton Meier
"When I was 4 or 5 years old, I became fascinated with ancient Egypt. I was especially dazzled by the jewelry. I delighted in imagining those golden artifacts adorning real people all those thousands of years ago, and I longed to make such beautiful objects myself.
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t make jewelry. As a little girl I was always stringing beads. In college, I studied art and art history and then moved to NY and began working with precious metals and gemstones.
Jewelry is the most exciting medium I have encountered as an artist because it’s so intimate. Your jewelry is deeply tied to your identity. Each piece in your collection has a story, has spent time on your body, and carries with it a specific energy.
The Egyptians understood this. The symbolism of what they chose to adorn themselves with was important. Gold represented the eternal and indestructible as it was closely associated with the sun. And the sun was central to their belief system. It was worshipped as the giver of life, as it has been across cultures and millennia.
In the Egyptian pantheon, the goddess Hathor is the mother of the sun. She’s known as the Mistress of the Sky and is said to give birth to the sun each day. She’s also known as the Golden One, and her rays are said to illuminate the earth.
Hathor and her signature sun disk was the inspiration for this Sun Goddess ring. And an entire collection inspired by the sun unfolded from there."