For millenia, ancient civilizations gazing up at the heavens have marveled at the radiant stars and have been fascinated by the phases and powers of the mysterious moon. Stars shining bright against a dark night sky are symbols of endless hope and indomitable spirit. The moon, the feminine partner of the male sun, has long been a symbol of death and rebirth as it waxes and wanes. The moon is a keeper of time, controlling the pull of tides and cycles of life. It is also a symbol of fertility and has been associated with many archetypal goddesses. In the late 1800s, archaeological finds in the middle east inspired the popular trend of Victorian crescent jewelry making it common for a groom to give his new bride the gift of a crescent brooch on their honeymoon.