Current Inspiration – Flame
This past Fall, I took advantage of some sales a couple of my suppliers had and bought up a load of gemstones. I’ve slowly been designing pieces around each one. Most of these have been collars, but lately I’ve started working on some smaller necklaces.
I’ve also returned to using some faceted gems in my work. Some of these new necklaces have begun combining the agates and jaspers with some sparkly stones as contrast. Flame is one of these.
Unlike many of the stones that I use, the Brockman Hills Tiger Eye in this piece has corners – four of them. It’s almost a rhombus shaped stone. I decided to play this up with the design of the pendant. It’s offset and angled the opposite direction as the stone. I like the way all the angles work both with and against each other. I even made a rhomboid toggle clasp to match.
The origin of the name of this piece is fairly obvious with all the warm reds in the two stones. The patterns in the tiger eye also remind me of charcoal or flowing lava. This piece told me its name before I even finished it.
Flame has a Brockman Hills Tiger Eye and an almandine garnet set in oxidized sterling silver. The pendant measures 2 ½” x 1“ x ¼” and hangs on an 18” chain with a handmade toggle clasp. It is available at my online Etsy shop for $500.00 plus shipping.