Friday, August 1, 2008

A sign from Heaven?

One of the most widely known symbols in the world, the Peace Sign, is now captured in diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and gold in the Peace Sign Jewelry collection from, a New Jersey based company. The collection includes Peace Sign Pendants and Peace Sign Necklaces. While the peace sign is pervasive in our culture it is not commonly known that the symbol was designed as a logo for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) in the United Kingdom in 1958. Gerald Holtom, the designer was inspired by a Goya painting. The peace sign also incorporates the semaphore N and D signals. Semaphore is a method of communicating visually over long distances with flags. The letter N (Nuclear) is represented by the flags being held downward and away from the body at a 45 degree angle, while the letter D (Disarmament) is represented by one flag being held directly over the head and one straight down. The inner symbol is then enclosed in a circle which represents completion and infinity.

"Showing faith in world peace is one reason we're excited about the Peace Sign Jewelry collection," says Rebecca Mandel, Production Designer at Heavenly Treasures. "People can demonstrate their hope for peace by wearing the peace sign jewelry. We've used rubies and sapphires, which are actually the same gemstone called corundum. Any color corundum but red is called a sapphire. Red corundum is known as a ruby. The sapphires we use are a lovely dark blue and the rubies are a deep, rich red."

Other gems used in the jewelry are diamonds, jade, and amethysts. The carat weight of the pieces vary from .13 carat to about 1.5 carats total of gemstones. The peace symbol is available in pure gold as well. The peace sign itself is about one inch in diameter for the pendants and 5/8 of an inch for the rings and earrings. The inner symbol is composed primarily of fully faceted diamonds surrounded by a circle of gemstones or additional diamonds.

The jewelry is available in both white and yellow 14 k gold. The peace sign jewelry comes in pendants, with or without a chain, rings, earrings, and even an ankle bracelet. The items are sold separately but can be bought as matched sets of ring, pendant and earrings.

"There are other symbols of peace, such as the dove and olive branch, but none translates so beautifully and simply into jewelry as the Peace symbol. Our collection is a wonderful way to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the symbol's design," adds Mandel.

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