Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Beauty of a Spiral

If you’re a follower of my etsy shop, you won’t be surprised to read that I love the look of a spiral. Many of my jewelry items contain or focus on spirals. My Simply Spiral necklace, I’m All Mixed Up earrings, Dizzy earrings, We’re All Linked Together, and Dreaming of Spring all have spirals as a main aspect of the design. Many others have small spirals here and there in their details.

I was making a bracelet piece today and one of its components is a spiral. My engineer husband noticed it and told me that all architects go gaga over spirals; they are well known as one of the most aesthetically pleasing forms in nature.

We did a little research on spirals and found that the golden spiral is the symbol of harmony and beauty. Plato called it “the key to the physics of the cosmos”. I won’t even try to explain the math here, mainly because it’s been way too long since my college math days. But it is important to know that its mathematical sequence is infinite (phi) and the arithmetic number is found incorporated in all know organic structures. From the bone structure of human beings, to the seed pattern of a sunflower to the spiral of a sea shell, and the spiral of the galaxy, the phi proportion is there. Amazing, isn’t it?

We are compelled instinctively to be drawn to this shape. It’s in our bones. When we see it, we feel it. A symbol of harmony and beauty, indeed.

Take a look and enjoy:


  1. I love spirals too - I use them in a lot of my jewellery designs - they are so satisfying aren't they?
    Kristin :)

  2. I also use spirals in my work. I enjoy making them and I notice that customers always seem drawn to them.


  3. Hi Sandy,

    I agree, spirals are beautiful. Love this new component to the bracelet too.

    This is one of the things I love about following blogs, people share their creative process...what inspires them. You did that here and I just find it so fascinating. It shows in your work.

    Have a wonderful week of creativity!


  4. Spirals are facinating and make beautiful accents in jewelry, I think. I just listed the bracelet on etsy, so now to see if anyone else likes it!
    Thanks all for your comments and for reading my blog. I enjoy reading all of your blogs also.