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Jewelry meanderings
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 10:08 PM (Pacific)

thai silver flower pendant, lapis beads, sapphire hoop earrings

Unlike many, if not most, of my early jewelry-making endeavors, both of these pieces have managed to survive.

Even though I do keep kicking myself to redo the hoops on the earrings. The originals are too crude.

The sapphire dangles on the earrings came about when I realized just how small the drill-holes in the stones were. The wire you can fit through them is a little thicker than a hair...

I wore the necklace today, is why I dredged up the pic (late 2007). The silver pendant and butterfly beads came from, a fair trade company in Thailand. The true beauty of the pendant lies not so much in the neat layout of petals (for being a flower, it looks geometric), as in how the pendant feels. Every edge is smooth.

Once in a while, I will actually take the necklace off and run my fingers over the pendant. I'm thinking of the pendant-maker, how each layer of silver was tooled, and cut in such a way, each petal curled's oxidized, which means they darkened the silver and then polished parts of it. It's meant to add depth to a piece, where all bright silver would not appear as dimensional, but I'll have to say it's brilliant at keeping the piece looking like new (or old, if you will).

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