3 Star Wars-Inspired Motifs to Include in Your Custom Jewelry


Star Wars is one of the most enduring fictional universes of all time, spanning three trilogies, two spin-off movies, specials, video games and hundreds of thousands of books and stories—and that's without counting millions of works of fanfiction and fan art.

But if your passions lie more with jewelry, how can you best express your love of that galaxy far, far away without just relying on licensed merchandise? If you're a true Star Wars fanatic, then here are three Star Wars-inspired motifs to include in your custom jewelry.

1. Winged Creatures

At first glance, you might not think that the Star Wars universe has much in the way of birds or other winged creatures—after all, it does take place in space. However, a deeper look will reveal a multitude of winged imagery: the firebird that makes up the Rebel Insignia, the Millennium Falcon (and, for fans of the Old Republic, the Ebon Hawk), and even creatures like mynocks all embrace this theme.

Birds (and other animals with wings) represent freedom, life, and travel; three things that Star Wars embraces wholeheartedly. To lean into this motif, try including birds such as phoenixes, falcons, hawks, or dragon-like silhouettes (to represent the mynocks and such) into your jewelry for a Star Wars touch simple enough to wear anywhere.

2. Crystals

The focus of a lightsaber and the thing that gives it its color and its power, a crystal is one of the most important objects in the Star Wars universe—and is a great focal point for your jewelry. Choose a crystal that has your preferred color and shape—you could even go find it yourself, like the Jedi of the Old Republic—and make it the center of a ring, bracelet, or necklace. You could even go further and find a matching pair for earrings or cufflinks.

If you're going to go with a crystal, it couldn't hurt to include a sunburst with it as well—a sunburst can be clearly seen in the background of the Jedi icon, making it a pretty important motif in-universe. After all, as Chirrut Imwe says in Rogue One, "the strongest stars have hearts of kyber."

3. Yin and Yang

The Star Wars films have always, at their core, been about balance—more specifically, the balance between the light and dark sides of the Force. Though Anakin Skywalker failed to bring balance to the Force, that doesn't mean that you can't succeed in incorporating this ever-present motif into your jewelry.

A great way to do this is to use mixed metals; contrasting a piece of jewelry by having it half silver and half gold (for example) is a great way to enshrine the fact that the galaxy—and your jewelry—is at its best and strongest when its dual parts are in harmony.

If you want to implement these or other ideas for your custom jewelry, it's time to call companies such as Michael Dickey Design.


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