Thinking about Neptune - forthcoming ring design.

Here is a preview of one of the rings from my forthcoming collection, Beyond Eternity. 

Neptune, the big blue ice giant, is composed of a solid core, liquid surface and dense gaseous atmosphere.  17 times bigger that earth, Neptune is covered by icy, bright blue methane clouds that whip around the globe at speeds of more than 700mph (1,100km/h). 

It is hard to think about Neptune without imagining the Greek God Poseidon, later Roman god Neptune, after which the planet was named.  Homer suggest that Poseidon became lord of the sea following the defeat of his father Kronos, when the world was divided by lot among his three sons; Zeus was given the sky, Hades the underworld, and Poseidon the sea, with the Earth and Mount Olympus belonging to all three.  Poseidon, who apparently lost the contest for Athens to Athena, chose the island of Atlantis as his domain.   He is usually depicted as an older male with curly hair and beard holding his trident; a type of 3 pronged fishing spear and weapon, later used by a type of gladiator called a retiarius, or 'net-man'.  The trident has endured as the astronomical symbol for Neptune.

I like to imagine the mighty Poseidon wearing this ring, sitting on his watery throne in Atlantis, pondering the fate of us mere mortals.


Brian Cox - Wonders of the Solar System.

As my attention turns toward the universe, the inspiration for the forthcoming fine jewellery collection - 'Beyond Eternity', I would like to mention the late BBC 2 series 'Wonders of the Solar System'.  Using spectacular imagery along with cutting edge CGI, down to earth Brian shows us wonders quite unimaginable.  From the giant ice fountains of Enceladus to the liquid methane seas of Titan and from storms twice the size of the Earth to the tortured moon of Io with its giant super-volcanoes.

As an artist it seems only natural to look beyond earth for inspiration, after all, my business is aesthetics and it appears nature has a great many more wonders to reveal.

Wonders of the Solar System, first broadcast 2010 BBC 2.