Star of Ishtar Ruby, Pearl & Enamel Earrings in 18k Gold
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A wonderful and unusual pair of antique earrings, modeled in 18k yellow gold to represent the star of Ishtar and the Sumerian astral trilogy. Ishtar's eight-pointed star is represented here along with a crescent moon (the symbol of Sin, the Sumerian god of the moon) and a solar disc (the symbol of Shamash, the Sumerian god of the sun). These drop earrings have a gentle, mystical presence. The star is enameled in both red and teal-green, and holds, at its center, a natural, bezel-set ruby. The solar disc (here a large, halved sea pearl) is mounted in a smooth bezel, and is positioned to sit in the curve of the crescent moon, which rests below it. The crescent shape is also a sort of bezel that holds many tiny seed pearls, which have been carefully set inside it, shoulder to shoulder. These earrings are exceptionally lovely.
Ishtar, Sin, and Shamash figure importantly in Mesopotamian mythology. Ishtar is the goddess of both love and war, and she is the first known deity in recorded history. Shamash, as the solar deity, exercised the power of light over darkness and evil, and is known as the god of justice and equity. Sin is the Sumerian god of the moon and together with Ishtar and Shamash, he is part of the Sumerian astral trilogy.