This prize-winning jeweler is Shawnee; her childhood was spent in New Zealand, her training in New Mexico, and she now lives and works in North Carolina. These multi-cultural, multifaceted influences have resulted in a very beautiful, very individual style: characteristically dainty, feminine, elegant, and intricate, like this exquisitely wrought necklace. Faceted tourmalines glow with rich red and green fire, set on and below a teardrop-shaped sterling pendant. Seemingly simple, there are several different metalworking techniques involved in this lovely piece. The pendant itself is boxed and hollow. Its surface is covered in free-hand engraved patterns, different on each side, and textured on the sides. Silver wires are twisted to form dangling tassels, and also hold the two stones hanging from the pendant. The tourmaline on top sits on two little silver domes. The chain is a work of art in itself. Hollow cylinders of silver are joined by chiseled silver links; all of this laboriously and flawlessly hand-wrought. Every bit hand fabricated, this delicately scaled necklace is simply enchanting. Luxurious in materials, impeccable in workmanship, and charmingly dainty in design, it nevertheless can go from work to dinner; lunch to lecture. Wearable every day in every way, it will look delicious for generations.
Sterling Silver, Handmade Hollow Form Chain, Tourmaline
Length: 20″Pendant Width: 1″ Pendant Height: 2 1/2″