Monday, 5 January 2009

Theme Challenge - Art Nouveau

Inspired by the "Art Nouveau" theme set this month for the Wire Artisans Guild (please see my profile for more details), I created "Fin de Siècle", or "turn of the century".

I used exquisite blue topaz briolettes and petite - yet oh-so-rich - briolettes of kyanite to create floral motifs, from which springs an ornamentation of moonstone, garnet and tiny peachy freshwater pearls. These flowers are securely wirewrapped to a sweeping frame - hammered and wirewrapped sterling silver wire. This decadent creation is designed to sit on an angle at the neckline - one side of the dainty, textured chain has been further enhanced by a section of coordinating pearls. To finish the necklace, one side features a section of handmade extension chain, while the other side displays a beautiful handforged and wrapped "s" style clasp. The entire design has been oxidised and then selectively rubbed back, to show the wonderful details within this luxe piece.

All gems are extremely high grade - from A (garnet briolettes), AA (blue topaz, and kyanite) through to AAA (the stunning carved moonstone leaves).

More pictures can be seen here in my Etsy shop.


Anna-Karin Hallström said...

I've told you this before and I'm saying it again - THIS IS FREAKING LOVELY!! ;) Absolutely gorgeous and those little flowers a just too cute. I love it.

Emin said...

This design is fantastic! Great imagination. I love it tooooo.

Leanne Lonergan said...

Natalia, You are incredible..this piece is absolutely stunning!

Natalia said...

Thanks so much ladies! :)