The Geometry of Faith
As illustrated by this chart from the latest issue of Seed, the star patterns we see in Jewish, Islamic and Bahai design reflect how simple rules can give rise to complex patterns, such as the Sierpinski Triangle (lower left) and Koch curve (upper right) fractals. The intrinsic bond between faith and geometry has fascinated religious philosophers for centuries, from Pythagorean mysticism and the Kabbalah to Islamic design and the Gospel of John. In fact, as we'll be exploring more in depth on my other site, the word "logos" can be translated both as "word" and "ratio."
In a very real sense, when jewelry designers plot a curve or angle in their meticulous designs, they are engaged in a time-honored sacred act--one that not only gives people a way to express their particular spiritual identity, but points toward a deeper unity we have yet to fully grasp.
Readers interested in a more in-depth discussion of this theme should definitely click here.