Look at this necklace and you’ll see the shine and peaceful glimmer of joy, warmth and light which comes with Forgiveness. Delicate and fragile details made with thin gold-filled coil and micro-beads remind us how fragile we are. But Forgiveness is our way to eternity (and ammolite gems by its many-millions-years-long history are accenting this thought); it gives wings to our souls on the way to the Perfect Love of our Creator. Little 4 mm amethyst and 6×4 mm blood-red drops of “ant ruby” (almandite garnet) cabochons remind us of the priceless payment of Jesus Christ for the power to forgive. Forgiveness always comes with love and the heart-shaped wire details are making an accent on this thought.
“What is it, to give forgiveness and to ask for forgiveness?” Those were my thoughts when I was working on this necklace. I wanted to show in this piece the whole idea of forgiveness, of a man trying to go on the road shown by Christ. It is senseless to ask for forgiveness without the fruit of repentance. We have to think, “what is our guilt in front of this man,” and we have to decide to change that. Then we need to ask for forgiveness not with the thought to just be free from our past, but with new life in new relationships with those people who were offended and humiliated by us earlier.
When we are giving forgiveness, we have to do that with all responsibility. Forgiveness comes at that moment, when we are saying to each other. “I know, how fragile you are and how deeply you hurt me. Because of that I am wounded, because of that I am a victim, sometimes guilty, sometimes innocent,” I can turn to God and from my deep pain, suffering, shame and desperation; I can say to God, “Please, forgive him! He doesn’t know what he is doing! If he’d only known how much destruction he is bringing to my life, he would not do that. But he is blind, he is fragile, and I am accepting him with joy, peace and light in my heart.” I am dropping all the fetters which are holding us in the captivity of greed, envy, hatred, jealousy, mutual misunderstanding, and selfishness. We are living in a prison of our own creation, while we are designed by God to be free. Let us support each other in this way with mutual forgiveness and love. Let us remember, that in the moment of our own crisis, very often that man is giving us help, from whom we didn’t expect anything kind or good. Let us open our hearts and eyes and be ready to see and to respond.
This necklace became finalist of prestigious Bead Dreams Competition (2012).