This star is crafted with beautiful pink iridescent, opaque stained glass. Set with silver-tone solder, this piece will draw attention year-round and in any setting. Tiny sparkling crystals in pinks and light greens adorn the chain (crystals look like tourmaline colors).
The star is made with 12 pieces of cut glass, with an open center. It measures 7.5" tall and 6" wide. Chain length is approximately 24".
Stars can be hung as a suncatcher with the enclosed clasp on a curtain rod, or installed with a self-provided hook into a wooden window frame. Given the size of this star, this design is not typically used as a holiday tree ornament, although it is possible!
Our Grounded Place Moravian Stars are a collaboration between father and daughter artisans, Peter Grandy and Laura Grandy McGann. Each plays a role in star production, including selecting the glass, hand-cutting, tinning, and soldering the pieces together. With some creative license taken to the original Moravian Star design, we have elongated some of the points and added crystals or semi-precious stones to adorn each one. .
History of the Moravian Star
According to the Moravian Church, the shape of the Moravian Star originated in Moravian boarding schools in Germany during the 19th century. The schools used Moravian Stars as an exercise in geometry. At the Moravian boarding school in Niesky, pupils practiced by making shapes from paper. The shape of an elongated pyramid inspired the geometry teacher and students to piece together the shapes and form a star. The stars were also seen as early as 1747 in the Moravian community of Herrnhag, Germany.
By the end of the nineteenth century, Moravian stars spread rapidly throughout the world. Families decorated their homes with stars, and it would not be long before the stars made their introduction into the churches. An Advent star was first displayed in the Herrnhut church on the first Sunday of Advent in 1891. Today, not only Moravians appreciate the unique design of the Moravian Star. The stars are used to remind people of the Star of Bethlehem, and the light itself is seen as a “light of all the world”, according to the Moravian Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.