Year of Jewelry Week 6

The theme of the week is "Flowers", so I couldn't resist developing this design which has been sitting in my journal for quite some time. And since I just came back from a bead show with just the right colored beads (purple amethyst, green and garnet), it turned out very much like it was planned! purplependantThe pendant is just about 4 cm wide, which is a tiny bit more than 1 1/2 inches. What I like about the piece is that it is entirely constructed over a single 8mm jumpring: the amethysts were secured using 24 GF ga wire and then painstakingly coiled and framed with 28 ga gold-filled wire. The other beads are vermeil (silver with an overlay of 18k gold), an unknown green stone called vansuanite and tiny 3mm garnets. The pin took almost 4 hours to create, but I'm happy with the results! I was asked if the back of the pin is as neat and clean as the front. I believe the back of a piece of jewelry is as important as the front -- it has always been my own personal technical challenge to keep the entire piece clean and neat. I have discarded many pieces of jewelry which I didn't think were fit to be sold or even given to friends because the back wasn't neat enough.

If you want to learn how to make this piece, click here.

2004Eni Okenamethyst, brooch, purple