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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Days of Heaven: The Digital Era's New Bronze Age

The beginning of summer doesn't normally make one yearn for stick pins, but these beautiful, handmade examples by Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons (from Derrick Cruz's Fall '10 collection for Bblessing, New York) should be ordered now, before they hit stores in July and are snapped up by boys and girls looking ahead to autumn's heavy cashmere wraps and tweed jackets. They'll be available in bronze (a durable copper-and-tin alloy) or silver; sold individually or as a set; and they represent astrological signs for, from left, Saturn, the Moon, Mars, the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter. We like that they look both ancient and contemporary, like 21st-century amulets with the power to attract luck and ward off evil spirits. So–what's your sign?