Sunday, 14 September 2008

Eternal Summer

Eternal Summer - By
Meaurements: 56cm long Focal 5cm drop Biggest flower 3cm in diameter
Materials: 14K gold filled wire, 14K gold filled round beads, 14K gold filled textured chain, London Blue Topaz in two sizes, one flawless Whiskey Quartz smooth briolette
Description: “… And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd; But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest; …”
Sonnet 18, William Shakespeare
This handmade, asymmetrical necklace in 14K gold filled wire and London Blue Topaz faceted rondelles, was inspired by sonnet no.18 by William Shakespeare, which is another of my favourite written pieces. No, it IS my favourite written piece. I recite it, quietly to myself many, many times each month and over the years I must have recited it hundreds of times. And how someone decided centuries ago, to put a few words together and with those words bring tears to my eyes today, is something I will never understand. I do hope I have done the sonnet justice.
I started by shaping the flowers and wire wrapped them in different looks and techniques to add texture and then added one gorgeous London Blue Topaz to each centre and embraced that topaz with a coil of wire. The larger of the flowers also got two round 14K gold filled beads and one smaller, slightly lighter in shade, London Blue Topaz on the petals. One of the flowers also doubles as the hook style clasp, with the hook hidden under the wrapping. The flowers are connected with a 14K gold filled chain that is slightly textured.
The focal is one of the flowers but with an addition of a flawless Whiskey Quartz smooth briolette. It is simply stunning. From the top of the briolette a little cascade of London Blue Topaz rondelles falls.
With the yellow gold and the blue topaz, it will be like wearing an eternal summer around your neck

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