I was inspired to create this jewelry after watching television early in 2009. Barack Obama had just been sworn in as President of the United States and he decided to give his first speech to Congress. The Republican Party decided to have a response to President Obama's speech so they had Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal give the Republican response. His speech turned out to be unintentionally hilarious and it was widely panned in the media the next day. The one quote I remember, and the media picked up on the following day, was this gem:
"Their legislation is larded with wasteful spending. It includes...$140 million for something called 'volcano monitoring'."
Before that speech, Governor Jindal was considered to be a rising star in the Republican Party. After that speech, the Republicans stopped calling him "a rising star". But that volcano monitoring quote was so hilarious that I thought it would make perfect parody jewelry, especially when paired with photos of an active volcano and the preserved remains of a victim of the volcano eruption that destroyed the ancient city of Pompeii centuries ago.
This piece of jewelry has both a necklace loop and a pin backing so the wearer can wear it as a pin or a pendant.