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Robin McGauley

This Ancient Love - The Sacred Black Feminine Earrings

This Ancient Love - The Sacred Black Feminine Earrings

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“High expectations only exist in the absence of love.”
- Christena Cleveland, from her book 'God is a Black Woman’.

This quote has been guiding me lately.
An antidote to my perfectionism.
A balm for my self-criticism.
I’m done, just so done, with being hard on myself.
I will no longer live in the absence of love.

The Sacred Black Feminine is guiding me.

These earrings are a part of my 'This Ancient Love' collection which is inspired by the words of a hymn by Carolyn McDade that speaks of the divine feminine. Here's the first verse: 
"Long before the night was born from darkness
Long before the dawn rolled unsteady from fire
Long before she wrapped her scarlet arms around the hills
there was a love
this ancient love was born." - Carolyn McDade

I named the creations in this collection after a specific goddess or an aspect of the divine feminine. These earrings are The Sacred Black Feminine.  
"She is the God who definitively declares that Black women ... not only matter but are sacred. And, in doing so, She declares that all living beings are sacred. She is the God who smashes the white patriarchy and empowers us all to join in Her liberating work. She is the God who has a special love for the most marginalized because She too has known marginalization. She is the God who cherishes our humanity and welcomes our fears, vulnerabilities, and imperfections. Like a loving parent responding to a child's cry, She is the God who promises to come to our aid when we call out to Her, no questions asked. She is the God in whom we can find hope." - Christena Cleveland, God is a Black Woman. 

These earrings are hand-fabricated using ancient silversmithing techniques in my home studio in Kitchener, Ontario. 

They feature rose cut black onyx cabochon that measure 10mm long and 8mm wide. The stone is set in fine silver. 
A circle of 10 karat gold surrounds the tiny quatrefoil that I carefully and painstakingly crafted out of sterling silver. 
The remaining details are carefully crafted out of sterling silver. 

The earrings measure approximately 4cm long (from the top of the earring hook) and 1cm at their widest point.  

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