Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Calypso

Named for the ethereal Calypso, the beautiful sea nymph who diverted Odysseus from returning to his beloved Penelope for a staggering seven years.

Definitely my most ornate design to date, the Calypso necklace features gorgeous blues which have been painstakingly added to a carefully shaped, hammered, and wirewrapped frame. I used tanzanite rondelles, and iolite and kyanite briolettes in the main body of the pendant, with teensy sterling rounds enhancing the symmetry and pattern. The wirewrapped dangles feature coordinating iolite - but in a rondelle - and also sky blue topaz. A generous London blue topaz - etched for added drama - takes pride of place in the very centre. A substantial rolo chain then leads to a handforged "s" clasp, and a length of extension chain - which is ornamented with more iolite rondelles. The design was then oxidised deeply, and lightly rubbed back to reveal the high drama, and gorgeous textures.

The pendant measures a generous 9.5cm or 3.7" at the longest point, and a touch over 7cm or 2.7" across the widest point, while the necklace itself measures an adjustable 54 1/2 - 57 1/2cm or 21 1/2 - 22 1/2" in length.

A truly opulent piece, all gemstones used in the Calypso necklace are A-AAA, while all metal is sterling silver.

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