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.

3 comments:

Chrisy said...

..so clever...so 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.