This fine artist passed away, recently. We mourn his loss, but rejoice that we still have pieces that will continue to delight their happy owners. Like this dramatic pendant, for example. Henry Rosetta was always inventive, always looking for interesting variations in materials and designs.
This pendant is in a shape familiar to his many collectors, but the central material is unusual. Deep, rich russet spiny oyster shell resembles an exotic granite, with its all-over texture. Surrounding this intriguing material is a border of inlaid stones and shells: Dark blue and denim lapis, turquoise, mother of pearl, red coral, orange spiny oyster shell, clamshell, even a sliver of brilliantly iridescent abalone shell. all is set into boxed sterling silver, polished to gleam. The silver is plain and polished on the back, as well, with a sturdy, handmade shepherd’s hook.
With that hook, you can wear this striking pendant on almost any necklace, or collar, as well as a chain with enough presence to go with the size of the piece. You can even use a strong safety pin to wear it on a jacket lapel – we won’t tell. Glorious in any season, this pendant features a most unusual color of shell, and will attract lots of attention.