Monday, March 7, 2016

Spring Equinox

The spring vernal equinox is on the 20th of march here in Sweden where I live, just outside Stockholm. This is quite far north on the northern hemisphere. Which means that in December and January the days are very short.

Now we are leaving the winter behind and the spring is on it's way. It is a wonderful and magical transformation that takes place in nature. The days are getting noticeably longer every day, and the sky is bright blue most days. Spending time outdoors is like taking showers in sunlight. Very much needed and longed for after the dark winter period. And the first buds and greens are starting to show. It is a beautiful wonder every year.

Not that I had it in mind when I started making these earrings, but now as they are finished I realize they are a tribute to this very season. I often find that nature and my immediate surroundings have inspired me subconsciously when I make my jewelry.

  • Verdigris green patinated copper links - MissFickleMedia
  • Clear quartz semiprecious stone, irregular squarish
  • Aventurine semiprecious stone, square plates
  • Pink patinated fan shaped copper charms - MissFickleMedia
  • Oxidized copper wire
  • Handmade oxidized copper Earwire hooks

Fun fact about Swedes:
Visitors of Sweden around this time of the year are known to notice an odd phenomenon in the streets in the middle of the day when the sun is at its highest point. People who are outdoors are stopping just anywhere where the sun shines, but preferably against a wall, and they will raise their faces against the sun, standing still for 5-10 minutes as if they were worshipping the sun itself. It looks odd to foreigners, but to us it is completely natural. :-)

All my best,


  1. I love your earrings, the shapes and colors are gorgeous and so much about spring and light!

  2. I love them too, very unusual and beautiful! I'm sure I have some Swedish in me, a little bit of everything I'm sure. But I stop in the sun too, actually I sometimes do that in the wind and just breathe the weather in. It always feels so good!

    1. Thank you Kristi! And oh, standing in the wind sounds very lovely too :-)

  3. Your new earring design is just delightful---I love that square-cut quartz!

  4. these are gorgeous!! love the shapes and colors,very refreshing!!!

  5. Malin, these are Stunning!! So beautiful! You are right that they go along with the longing for and heralding in of Spring. The standing in the sun is a wonderful habit to have. After our long, dark winters, seeing the sun is like a revelation! Unfortunately, we don't slow down often enough to simply stand in the sun and let our bodies soak in the Vitamin D we are so deprived of. I am going to think about that now each time I'm out, and perhaps I will adopt your Swedish tradition. Thank you for sharing that!

  6. Oh, I love these!! And your post makes me want to travel to Sweden right this minute.

  7. I love everything about these earrings. So beautiful!