Seely made the earrings after falling for a tusk-like stone cut that reminded her of a comet’s tail. She loved the dramatic long silhouette but couldn’t secure it in a shorter size, a necessity for building out a collection. She toyed with the idea in her head for a few years until spring of 2020, when her Convergence pendant necklace was born. The statement piece showed an overlapping series of myriad metal comet tails in a glorious and silent statement to a byproduct of the pandemic: a strong desire to come together. As Britney Spears once said, “My loneliness is killing me.”
“I designed it so the comets were all coming together in the center … which was (and still is) my wish for us,” says the artist. “Like everyone else, this has been a lonely time. The idea of comets coming together made me feel better.”
To further drive home the celestial theme, Seely chose warm and cool gemstone colors to represent a comet’s realistic temps: madeira garnets for fire and lapis, sapphires, and diamonds for cold. Custom off-kilter hexagon cuts of gems read as stars, while movement is implied through slender tail-like silhouettes—some rendered in triangular wires. Ear climbers are designed to look like comets soaring through the sky while a hinged necklace aims to look like “a sky alight with shooting stars,” she says.
Six pieces are currently available, but more are in the works. Her metal of choice? Fourteen karat white and yellow gold. Retail prices start at $960.
“I feel like wearing these comets/shooting stars is like wearing a ‘wishing star,’” she adds. “And in 2020, Lord knows I was wishing on stars every day! Wishing life would all be back to normal. So this line just needed to be birthed right now. To give me hope. To give us all hope.”
Comet ear climbers in 14k gold with lapis, $950; available online at Martha Seely
Comet ring in in 14k gold with Madeira garnet, $1,760; available online at Martha Seely
Comet necklace in 14k gold with back hinge and front opening, Madeira garnets, and diamonds, $6,135; available online at Martha Seely
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