Brood X has arrived for 2021!
Millions of periodical cicadas are rising from the ground in the Eastern United States this summer during the massive Brood X emergence. Such an amazing and beautiful creature making it's once-in-seventeen-years appearance has often been memorialized in jewelry.
Brood X is made up of three species of cicada, for this design we focused on the Magicicada septendecim, also known as the Pharaoh cicada.
Nope, not that Pharaoh. Magicicada s. is actually named for the unusual "weee-wough" or Phar-Oh" mating call produced by their vibrating tymbal membrane.
For this design we wanted to mimic the Art Deco movement of the 1930s and create a piece reminiscent of stained glass.
If you live in a micro-region where cicadas are emerging, you'll be sure to know it. Have a listen to the Pharaoh's Call:
We know, because we saw 1000s of them at our recent art fair in Cincinnati, Ohio. They were buzzing and flying around like crazy, often dive bombing art show patrons and artists causing many patrons to do what I call -the Cicada Dance - as people jumped, screamed and swatted at them. It was really very entertaining, and I do love the sound they make.