If any of you follow my blog you may recall this piece, it was going to be a pendant. Then I decided to keep it for myself (it has had a journey it will never realize).
While soldering some pin backs for brooches I decided this needed its final upgrade. I removed the stone, soldered the sterling silver pin back pieces to the back. I also removed all oxidation and did not tumble. She was crying out for a matt finish. The various golds needed to pop as well as the sterling silver. (I worked around the stone when I first designed her.) I found this stone a while back and fell hard for it. It reminds me a tad of my 6's, 7's and 9's Pendant. It also has that old timey look of the dishes my grandmother would have used back in the 40s or 50s.
Another quick side note about the design. I like to incorporate whimsical, but meaningful additions to some of my pieces. Leaves have held deep and dear meaning for me. The leaf I use to "paint" (not really paint...solder) onto my pieces is the very same style found througout my paintings. The flow of lines comes from that same place of allowing the piece to do just that, flow.
So here she is. Ready to list and fly to a new home.
and her backside, a lady should always have a clean, neat backside :)