While browsing the internet I find the coolest and most interesting things :) Some time before Christmas I came across one of the most interesting items I've seen to date. Shepherd's Watches. No - it's not your usual watch at all! This is a sundial you can wear around your neck! I was totally intrigues as to how they work, plus they look amazing! So I contacted Harris about his products and a possible give away - He Agreed!! So on Friday 2 amazing sundial necklaces arrived in the mail! One for me (Aquitane Astrology Pewter) and one for a lucky winner for the give away! (pictured at the bottom of post)
Ok - I admit it - I know nothing about Sundials! But luckily there is quite a bit of info on the site. The How it Works section explains everything you need to know. There is a short Video with some other pictures. You can also read about the History of the sundial, but I'll highlight just a bit of the history here.
The sundial is one of the human race's earliest achievements in marking the passage of time. Not only have sundials provided people with this practical goal, but their replication of the heavens have also provided aesthetic and religious satisfaction. This is often hard to comprehend nowadays, since most sundials have become little more than garden ornaments and are not usually very accurate (although it is relatively easy to construct an accurate sundial).
Yes - we all know about the big sundials you have outside in the garden - Harris will have one for sale soon ( http://www.shepherdswatch.com/catalog/garden-sundials). But who came up with a small one to wear around your neck?
We are told that King Charles I carried a silver pocket sundial, and that on the evening preceding his execution, he entrusted it to his attendant as a last gift to his son, the Duke of York. Henry II was notoriously late for his love trysts with his mistress and eventual wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine (he was usually on a hunt). In 1152 Eleanor had a special, portable sundial created for him so that he would know when to leave the hunt to meet her. Moved by her love, Henry ordered his court jewelers to create a copy for Eleanor - inlaid with diamonds, rubies, other precious stones, and the words, "Carpe Diem" or "Seize the Day." The Aquitaine is a recreation of that dial (minus the diamonds and other precious stones).
Well - thank you Eleanor of Aquitaine! These small sundials are amazing! They come with instructions, they work and are beautiful! Just think about all the comments you would get about your beautiful/unique necklace, but it's also a watch!
NOW FOR THE GIVE AWAY!
Harris sent me this beautiful Sundial Necklace to give to one lucky woman!! The picture does not do it justice, the Sundial is Beautiful!
The Explorer laurel leaf motif sundial, 1.25 inches/3.2 cm in diameter, is hand-crafted in Sterling Silver and comes with a 20 inch Sterling Silver chain, suitable for wearing as a necklace. Packaged in a jewelry box with a four color booklet of instructions, historical and educational information. ($120 US)
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