William Shakespeare's tragic play Hamlet features some classic lines which speak volumes on their own. This one is no exception and for many people it is a mantra for emotional and moral fortitude.
Hamlet: Act I, sc iii, line 78 -
As Polonius bids farewell to his son Laertes, he offers this advice:
"This above all, - to thine own self be true"
This remarkable pendant employs the geometric form known as a Mobius strip, named after the German mathematician, August Ferdinand Mobius (1790-1868). It represents the seeming paradox of a plane without end, or one of infinite length. As such it becomes an accepted symbol for infinity, an appropriate and symbolic form for a quotation such as this.
The circlet will move about the chain when worn, constantly changing its appearance, creating one shape and then another. The more you observe its seeming simplicity, the more complex it becomes. The message remains constant, the shape never rests.
Sterling silver mobius pendant on 18" chain. Approximately 1" across.
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