Frost flower pendant

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Aquamarines are so beautifully sparkly in the sun, representing the magic of sunshine on frosted flowers.
I have set 7 pretty frosty blue aquamarines and a sparkling central diamond in a hand engraved star pattern.
I have hand pierced (sawn) the pendant out of a 2.6mm thick sterling silver sheet.
I then drill and burr out the holes for the aquamarines which have to be exactly the same size and shape of each individual gem, this is the tricky bit because if I take away even a fraction too much metal, I can’t put it back and the gem won’t be set well. Once I have the gemstone seated perfectly, I burnish the metal down onto it, to lock it in (no glue is ever involved) For the finishing touch, I hand engrave the details to make the flower shapes, I do this with a hand held, hand push graver. This takes years of practice to master, it is very easy to slip out and cut unwanted marks into the design.
The diameter of the pendant measures 13.2mm across and it is 2.6mm thick.
I make many of these pieces but they are all different as I engrave each one by eye.
I love engraving with a graver, the process, the simplicity, the skill and the result. You just can’t get that bright sparkle and hand crafted feel with laser cut or cast or roll printing techniques.
Enjoy a rare piece of jewellery that is made with skill and passion.
Thank you for your interest in my work,
Adele

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  • Ships from Hokitika, New Zealand.
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