Saturday, 17 January 2009

Year of Jewelry - Week 3 - Claude Monet

For the Year of Jewelry challenge, this week's theme was "Claude Monet". I was delighted with this theme, as the Impressionists are a love of mine. My mind gravitated towards one of the recurring themes in his later work - the water lilies floating in the pond situated in the grounds of Monet's house.

I used luscious hydro quartz as the main focal in this design, and accented it with lashings of gemstone and pearls. Included are amethyst, sapphire, peridot, prehnite, freshwater pearls - buttons in a peacock blue, a lustrous tan, and a teensy peach seed pearl. These elements are carefully wired on individual sterling silver headpins. Highlighted with ornate Balinese silver trimmings, this is finished with a generous Thai silver clasp, which echoes the water lily shape - it is stamped on one side with a naive flower pattern. "Monet's Pond" is a lovely weight, fluid in design, and eminently tactile.

You can see more pictures of this bracelet in my Etsy shop.


Chrisy said... beautiful...and so monetish...

Sam said...

Monet's pond is too lovely for words!

Anna-Karin Hallström said...

OOooo.....Stunning bracelet, lovely colours and that clasp is just WOW.