This sweet necklace was made for a client to commemorate her mother, who loved lilacs.
The inspiration for this triptych brooch came from the colorful illuminated manuscripts of the medieval period. The brooch is composed of three champlevé and cloisonné enamel panels enameled on fine silver floating over a sterling backing plate with cut-out ivy tendrils and includes a faceted pyrite and lavender moon quartz. Saul Bell Award Winner 2017
"In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming..."
The inspiration for this necklace is the “Lady and the Unicorn” series of 6 tapestries on display in the Cluny museum in Paris. Woven around 1500, they are considered to be one of the greatest works of art of the Middle Ages. Each tapestry represents a lady with a unicorn surrounded by fanciful animals and flowers.
What I loved most about the tapestries were the vibrant colors, the richness of the design, and the charming animals hidden among the stylized greenery. I wanted to recapture those three elements in my own unique design. I first created the enamel medallions in cloisonné enamels using a primary palette of vibrant reds, greens, and cobalt. Using the granulation technique, I fused fine silver wires and balls to a sheet of 22 gauge fine silver to create the main setting element. After fusing, I soldered the settings for the stones in place and then sawed out and textured the delicate leaf motif. Each link was created individually in the same manner. Before setting the enamel medallions, I had the necklace elements plated with 24K gold vermeil- I wanted the necklace to be luxurious and the intense colors to resonate off the brilliance of the gold vermeil.
Cloisonné enamels on fine silver with 24K gold wire work. The setting and links are individually hand fabricatedwith granulated fine silver with 24K gold vermeil, 2mm rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, a 3mm recycled diamond, and a garnet drop.