An iconic Christmas Star
The concept of decorative ornaments and meticulous attention to detail is not foreign to goldsmith Bodil Binner. Traditionally, a Scandinavian Christmas is filled with golden moments, and this particular kind of seasonal glamour has inspired Bodil Binner to the design of a candleholder for the Christmas tree, in the shape of a very particular star. Thanks to family relations in the UNESCO world heritage city of Christiansfeld in Denmark, Bodil Binner has become closely acquainted with the original antique Herrnhut star, known from the city’s church, which originated more than 160 years ago.
In the beginning of the 19th century, the first iconic star – put together out of paper and cardboard – was made by a mathematics instructor at the boarding school of the church, as a tool to improve the students’ geometric comprehension. Ever since, most European children have tried crafting just such stars on the first Sunday of Advent: Of the 25 points, 17 points have a square base and 8 points a triangular base.
Now, Bodil Binner has transformed the Herrnhut star into a precious golden candleholder with the precision of an experienced goldsmith, but at an attractive price point using gold-plated brass. In addition to this, she has also fashioned a pair of earrings with the Herrnhut star.