The date 21-12-2012 had a pressing, as well as a very personal significance for Matina Sukhahuta, designer of the whimsical and dreamy jewellery line Matina Amanita. It was the day the Earth was predicted to end, the much-discussed doomsday that never materialised, but that tangle of digits was also compelling because it represented her _ perhaps very last _ birthday. From that apocalyptic date, a collection was born, the recently launched Time Capsule, with the rather grand goal of helping future generations of mortals look back and understand their collective past.
Sunshine, Starlight and Moonlight necklaces.
Clues to modern-day folk culture and philosophy have been engraved onto or embedded within a collection of "Specimen" rings. There are seven different designs in all and they tread the borderline between whimsies of a futuristic galaxy and rustic, old-world charm. Each utilises coats of silver, gold or black rhodium on the base above which is quartz or rutilated quartz, materials chosen for their ability to stand the test of time. Sealed (forever?) under a sheet of this sturdy mineral, Matina has placed miniature representations of everyday objects _ clocks, skeletons, roses, coins, etc _ meant to symbolise different aspects of living as we know it. And onto each Specimen has been carved a short message relating to happiness, love, freedom, time, matrimony, industrialisation or death.
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