For those of you who don't know me, I have a thing for cicadas. I am intrigued by insects whose life cycles take them through multiple transformations. Some cicadas spend 17 years incubating in the ground before they are hatched, eventually molting into beautiful flying creatures. Cicadas remind me of my childhood as well - collecting their molted shells and watching my brother create huge armies of cicada bodies.
This brooch is one of two pieces recently completed that will be exhibited in the upcoming Celebration of the Arts at St. David's Church in Dewitt, NY. I designed this piece to be worn two ways: as a brooch or the cicada can be removed and worn by itself as a pendant. The cicada is a locket and conceals a chamber where photos or treasures can be kept. The materials are sterling silver, gold-filled bezel, and azurite/ malachite. The show at St. David's runs Wednesday May 9 thru Sunday May 13. More information can be found on the St. David's website or Facebook page.