We wake up in the middle of the night, just after the moon has set, and put on thick down coats against the thin cold of the mountain air. We’re camped at the bottom of a granite cirque just beside the lake, and the entire bowl glows a soft silver. It’s not the light of our headlamps or the moon, but in the pitch black of the night above we see it bold, striated, structured: the Milky Way buttressing the heavens from one end of the dome to the other.
Black Zirconium Metal
Shown 7mm wide
1.3mm, .01ct, SI1, G-H Color, Natural or Lab-Grown Diamonds
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Zirconium is a sturdy metal. With a melting point of over three thousand degrees, low conductivity, and strength, it is commonly used in space to protect fragile hardware. There is no metal better suited to the sturdy, rugged marriage. With its brushed exterior, this solid zirconium ring will handle any rigor you could throw at it, whether you’re climbing a mountain or orbiting the earth.
Around a distant star in a distant galaxy, there’s a planet whose surface is covered by a dense, black water. The tides of its moon and sun raise its ocean in titanic swells that scrape the clouds and lumber slowly across its face. The waves don’t break—there’s nothing to break them—and so if you’re careful, you can plant yourself in a dinghy or a raft right at the trough and ride it up, up, up to the summit, where you can look out and see the world.
The moon is not barren, the moon is sparse. Its face, edge to edge with craters, is not pock-marked, but storied. An archive of all its history, every minor addition, and subtraction recorded in perpetuity. The good, the bad, the neutral; its surface tells everything, holds nothing back. The moon has nothing to hide from the world—it doesn’t need tectonic plates and flowing water to airbrush itself into smoothness. The moon knows what its story is, and it’s fine sharing it with you too, because after all, without craters it would hardly be the moon we know.