I don’t know where to begin with this piece. The heart centerpiece, the rich garnet and carnelian, the hand wrapped chain… Each and every part of this stunning necklace was handcrafted with love and passion using multiple metalsmithing techniques.
The hand crafted heart centerpiece was created by rolling antique recycled copper through a rolling mill with lace circa 1930 or earlier. I then cut and formed the heart using dapping and repousse tools. Next I created a custom bezel setting for the heart complete with spiral links on the back to attach the chain and a copper accent spiral for the hand wrapped carnelian briolette. After setting the heart as I would a stone cabochon, I then created a completely custom chain from sterling silver and faceted garnet and smoky quartz featuring a handmade spiral hook clasp. The entire piece was hand antiqued and polished to bring out all of the details.
The copper heart has been sealed to maintain color.
The back of the pendant is sterling silver.