The Love that moves the sun and the other stars. "Consisting of 3-times-33 cantos (plus an introductory canto), The Divine Comedy recounts Dante’s allegorical journey through a celestial world in which he ultimately faces God. The Paradise concludes with the ten-word sentence that I have used for the title of my piece. I acquired the Gibeon meteorite several decades ago. It traveled through space for at least 4 billion years and is traced back to the origin of the solar system. I have interpreted the mysteries of science, space, God, and heaven, setting the meteorite into a unilateral cross supported by a 7-pointed, 22-karat golden sun, the celestial rose with 9 petals, the 3 rings, 33 stars, a halo of 33 diamonds, and the crown for the Queen of heaven.”-DDT

One of the most widely covered rings created by a living artist in the acclaimed 2015-16 Carnegie Museum exhibit, Out of This World! Jewelry in the Space Age, Distefano’s masterpiece has been featured in InStyle Magazine, Town & Country, Forbes, CIJ Jewellery Magazine Trends & Colours, Zappos Couture, and Luxury Jewels 24 Magazine. The ring is also featured on the back cover of the modern designer jewelry compendium, Jewelry’s Shining Stars by Beth Bernstein. Distefano has also appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in connection with the opening of Out of This World! Jewelry in the Space Age. Her masterpiece ring remained in the Carnegie Museum through early 2016.

Donna Distefano Thomas