|Cast bronze cicada pendant with articulated hand-pierced silver wings.|
I love the symbolism of the cicada as well. The cicada symbolizes transformation, as it undergoes metamorphosis changing from a crawling insect into a flying one with translucent wings. In China the cicada has for centuries been a symbol of eternal life. In ancient China, when a person died a cicada would be place in their mouth to grant them eternal life. In France the cicada is the symbol for Provence. Vases or wall sculptures in the form of the cicada were often given as a house-warming gift. I have a collection of cicada brooches from 1920's France. One of the brooches was incorporated in the the necklace below.
|Antique bakelite cicada set in a hand-made sterling silver setting with kyanite.|