Maia Minor with Rigel Minor Necklace
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Delicate and classic in style, this pendant set hangs centred from a simple linked chain. Pair Rigel Minor in front or behind Maia Minor to create the phases of the moon.
Maia is a star in the constellation Taurus. It is the fourth brightest star in the Pleiades open star cluster. The name Maia originates with the Latin: Maia. She is one of the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione in Greek mythologyÑstars which are also included in the Pleiades star cluster. Maia was the oldest of seven beautiful sisters known as the Pleiades. She was raped by Zeus, thereby conceiving Hermes, the messenger god. As Maia and the Pleiades are visible in the winter night sky along with the constellation Orion, the Greek myths tell of Maia and her sisters being pursued by the giant huntsman, and turned into doves to preserve their safety.
Rigel is the brightest star in the constellation Orion and the seventh brightest star in the night sky. The star as seen from Earth is actually a triple or quadruple star system, with the primary star, Rigel A, a blue-white supergiant that is estimated to be up to 279,000 times as luminous as the Sun. A companion, Rigel B, is 500 times fainter than the supergiant Rigel A and visible only with a telescope. Rigel B also appears to have a very close visual companion Rigel C of almost identical appearance. The modern name Rigel is derived from the Arabic name Rijl Jauzah al Yusr_, Òthe left leg (foot) of JauzahÓ or Òthe foot of the great oneÓ.
Concrete, Diamond Dust and Stainless Steel
1.5cm W x 0.3cm Thick on a 16" Chain