November 3, 2007


This was my first attempt at the Celini spiral stitch. Keeping an even thread tension is vital to maintaining the spiral shape. The lady who ordered the set says it slips right on to her wrist.

After this scan was taken, I made 14ktgf earwires for the earrings.

3 Shared Thoughts:

Stunner said...

Looks nice.

caveman said...

very nice.
and kelly says "oooh pretty".
arent we cute together?

i know i'm a day late with this but here it is anyway....

One of the most
important events in the RasTafarian calendar is the
Anniversary of the Coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I. This event took place on
the 2nd November 1930.

His Imperial Majesty broke
with trodition by delaying the ceremony for some time after the
death of the previous ruler, Queen Zawditu.

The reasons for this are
described by His Majesty in His autobiography:

the 17th Maskaram 1909 (27th September 1916) I was chosen heir to
throne and regent, with Queen Zawditu occupying the throne; and when I
had patiently carried out the work of government, for fourteen years, in
my office of regent plenipotentiary, Queen Zawditu died on 24th Magabit
1922 ( 2nd April 1930) and, consequently, on the morrow I was proclaimed
Emperor and assumed the throne.

"As regards the succession to throne and crown, we have read in history
that, at a time when Ethiopia lived in isolation and before she had
established relations with foreign countries, the prevailing custom had
been, at the demise of the Emperor, for his death often to remain
carefully unannounced. They would then place his son and heir on the
throne and crown him immediately that very day. Only after the son's
reign and coronation had been announced by proclamation, would they give
a ceremonial burial to the dead King.

"At other times, at the demise of the Emperor, the officers of the royal
household would take him clandestinely and bury him, before anyone could
hear about it, and on the morrow they would place his son and heir on
the throne; after they had conducted the royal installation service and
crowned him, the death of the father and the new reign of the son would
be announced by proclamation at the same time.

now that Ithiopia had concluded treaties of commerce and friendship with
twelve foreign governments, had entered the League of Nations, and had
established firm friendly relations, We were convinced that it was
proper - in accordance with the practice of the most civilized
governments in the case of their coronations - to invite to Our
coronation the countries which had set up legations and consulates in
Ithiopia. But as it would require a long time to dispatch the letters of
invitation and to await the arrival of the delegates, as well as to
make all the necessary preparations for the coronation, We arranged for
the ceremony to be postponed for seven months."

Life and Ethiopia's Progress, Autobiography of Haile Selassie I " - Page

ceremony also broke with trodition in that the Empress was crowned on
the same day as the Emperor and not three days later.



The Coronation of

H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I
Timothy, 1983 Children of Judah Pub. Co.

"The invited foreign
envoys begin to arrive around October18, from such places as England,
Italy, Belgium, Sweden, the Netherlands, Japan, Egypt, France, U.S.A.,
Germany, Greece, Turkey, and Poland. Following ancient tradition, 49
bishops and priests in groups of seven, in seven corners of the cathedral,
chant continually nine Psalms of David for seven days and nights prior to
the coronation.

"On November 1, the eve of the
coronation, the Emperor inaugurates a statue of the great Menelik II. The
honor of unveiling goes to the Duke of Gloucester, the envoy of the King
of England. The same evening, the imperial vestments and ornaments are
taken in a great parade to the royal church of St George and consigned to
the Archbishop who prays over them all night. The cathedral of St. George
is a magnificent structure built during the reign of Menelik II and was
the scene of the crowning of Empress Zawditu in 1916. His imperial Majesty
and His family enter the church at midnight for a night of prayer.

the 700 guests and officials are in attendance on November 2, 1930, to
witness this ancient Hebraic-Christian coronation ceremony. Lion-maned
chieftains are interspersed among the foreign guests and dignitaries, each
according to rank and station. Hundreds of priests join the original
group, resplendent in their colorful ceremonial robes, bearing crosses and
censers. Before the royal ritual begins, His Majesty is approached by the
Archbishop, His Holiness Abuna Kyrillos, with a Holy Bible bound in gold,
and is asked to pledge the following four-part oath:

strengthen and defend the orthodox faith, and to keep, without
disturbance, the laws and ordinances which the Orthodox Church has laid

"To act with consideration for the
interests of the people according to law as well as with kindness and
"To safeguard the entire
Ethiopian realm and people in accordance with the established law and the
ordinances of the Council
"To assist
with the establishment of schools in Ethiopia where secular and
spiritual education would be developed and the gospels would be preached"
The Emperor then affirms
verbally and in writing that He is willing to fulfill His duties as ruler."

the Abuna recites the prayer of the covenant, after which the choir with
the drum and harp accompaniment chants the 48th Psalm. During this
Interval, abbots from various monasteries bring the royal articles one by
one, hand them to the six bishops, who were assigned by the Archbishop to
the coronation service, and the bishops in turn pass the articles to the
Abuna to be blessed. The objects are returned to the respective bishops
who then present them to His Imperial Majesty, reciting appropriate lines.
With each of the seven ornaments, His Imperial Majesty is anointed on the
head, brow, and shoulders with seven differently scented ointments of
ancient prescription. He is first vested with a gold sword along with this
exhortation: "May you be enabled with this sword to punish the wicked
and protect the righteous."

"This is followed
with the bestowal of the Imperial scepter of ivory and gold, and the
golden orb (globe), a diamond incrusted ring, two traditional lances
(spears) filigreed in gold, the imperial vestments, and finally,
anointing His head with oil, the Abuna places upon H.I.M. the triple
crown. The Archbishop concludes the regal anointing with the words:
"That God may make this crown a crown of sanctity and glory. That, by
the grace and the blessings which we have given, you may have an unshaken
faith and a pure heart, in order that you may inherit the crown eternal.
So be it." The Crown Prince, Asfa Wossen,
removes his coronet and on bended knee pledges his allegiance, service, and

"The Empress and her ladies of honor then
enter the sanctuary from the right side and she takes her throne to the
right of His Majesty for her coronation. It has been determined that the Abuna
is to place the crown and ring upon Her Majesty, without the regal
anointing, on the same day of the Emperor's coronation. This not only
breaks tradition, but sets a historical precedent as the earlier practice
was for her to be crowned on the third day after the coronation of the
Emperor, in the palace and not in the church.

final part of the ceremony is a tour of the cathedral by their Imperial
Majesties, escorted by the bishops and priests, the princes and
dignitaries, assistants and others, carrying palm branches and chanting,
"Blessed be the King of Israel" The procession continues onto
the Addis Ababa streets, where throngs of well wishers wildly cheer the
Royal Family. The event draws to a close with Their Majesties visiting the
other churches in the city to give thanks and praise."
(from Reggae & African Beat

Lady Roots said...

Idren Stunner,

Thanks for the visit and the compliment. Hope you stop back by soon.

Idren Caveman,

Thank you for sharing the vital information on the 77th anniversary of the Crownation of His Imperial Majesty and Empress Mennen.

Respect to di I & to Empress Kelly.

Bless Up,
Lady Roots