I had been wearing my grandfather's star for years prior to making the original sterling silver version of this star, but I decided that it would be a good idea to wear something that I had made (good advertising, right?) as well as something with my name instead of his. The 14-karat gold version was made to match the warmer side of my wardrobe, and also adds a little color to the mostly sterling Judaica gallery. The simplest explanation of the symbol on the star is that it's an abbreviation of my Hebrew name, יהושע (Yehoshua).
As any good artist has at least some dose of ego, I also started creating variations on a the theme of this star whenever I wanted to play with a new smithing style that I hadn't yet tried out. Variation I was done using the twin techniques of chasing and repousse, and Variation II was done with reticulated silver on the Hebrew letters.