Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Year of Jewelry 2010 - Week 4 - What's My Story?

I'm already behind with the Year of Jewelry challenges (and in fact skipped week 3, as it was men's jewellery, which I get very flustered and stressed about creating!), but have had this idea in the back of my mind for quite some time, so was thrilled to complete it.


"Le déjeuner sur l'herbe" or "Luncheon on the Grass" was a pivotal painting by Édouard Manet. Shown in an exhibition of works rejected by the jury of the official Paris Salon, it created uproar by showing a naked woman casually seated with two fully clad men. The nude in the foreground was also brazenly staring back at the viewer, almost inviting comment. The title too, was open to debate - was the picnic or the beautiful woman the luncheon? In every way this painting defied tradition - the risque subject matter, the way the background was painted, the shocking nude.

Inspired by this incredible artwork, the Le déjeuner sur l'herbe necklace features a stunning gem-studded centrepiece, which falls from a hammered tendril of carefully shaped sterling wire. Comprising of glowing prehnite carved leaves, dainty faceted opal briolettes, black spinel, mystic quartz and peacock green freshwater pearls. Between the column of gems and the hardforged component sits a ribbed bead of rare pre-ban angel skin coral. To either side of the central focal, the necklace is made up of coordinating freshwater pearls and black spinel, terminating in a handforged clasp and extension chain. The entire design was oxidised heavily, and selectively rubbed back to reveal the gorgeous textures of this special piece.

This measures an adjustable 45 - 53 cm or 17 3/4 - 21" approximately, while the central component drops a further 8cm or 3.1" (from the tip of the hammered tendril, to the base of the lowermost prehnite leaf briolette).

4 comments:

The Silver Swann said...

Love your work. I definitely see the inspiration in the necklace. Your photographs are beautiful as well. Following you now :)

Chrisy said...

Your creativity is inspiring Natalia. I must go back and check if I've seen the other three in this series... I think I owe you an email..just can't seem to get organised...stay well dearest...

Orion Designs said...

Thanks for sharing such a great story. Your piece is gorgeous, very inspiring itself.

lunedreams said...

Luscious! Looks like it could have been worn by the nude in the painting herself! You really captured the feel of the painting. Lovely choice of stones, love how you've wrapped the pearls and spinel.