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The O Fortuna Bracelet is inspired by the words that begin Orf's majestic Carmina Burana.
I was surprised by the dark meaning of this very famous music. This bracelet was requested numerous times, so people really connect with this piece on a deep level.
I chose black luster and aurora borealis beads to evoke the mystery of fate and fortune. A moon charm and luminous glass sea opal bead symbolize the moon, reflecting the opening lines: "fortune like the moon". A ship's wheel indicates the mystical wheel of fortune, the "whirling wheel" so emblematic of Carmina Burana. A skull charm and bead represent death, the "fate that strikes down even the strong". Glass tears are the concluding words to O Fortuna: "Weep with me"
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