When I set out to design the details on the jeweled box for my parents, I was thinking of the ornate and lavish decorations in the interior of Sintra’s Palácio Nacional. Many rooms are a riot of color; gilded and painted ceilings paired with blue and white tiled walls which depict various courtly scenes:
One room, in particular, is quite eye-catching. The entire ceiling is constructed of gilded panels depicting swans in different poses:
This motif became the inspiration for the inside of my jeweled box:
I chose to render the swan body as a baroque pearl. I also gave the swan a pavé diamond neck and emerald eyes. In addition to having a collar of yellow gold, my swan is standing on a base of malachite. The inside of the box is finished with maroon and blue enamel. Here is the finished rendering in its entirety:
I presented this rendering to my parents this past weekend when they came to visit and celebrate an early Christmas with me. This is one of those renderings that looks even better in real life than it does scanned for computer. You’ll just have to invite yourself over to tea at my parent’s if you want to see it “live.”
Today’s charm is dedicated to my soul-mate, my husband Andy:
I’ve naively wondered why my husband is a Pisces when he’d rather be eating meat than fish; furthermore, water, whether it be for swimming or showering, has to be precisely a certain temperature before he’ll even test it with his little toe. Since he didn’t come with a manual when we got married, I’ve learned how to combine my sign (Taurus) with his somewhat by trial and error, the school of hard knocks, and lots of love (which has always been reciprocated equally.) Today I researched Pisces for this post and had one of those “ah ha” moments.
Traditional Pisces traits are:
Imaginative and sensitive
Compassionate and kind
Selfless and unworldly
Intuitive and sympathetic
On the dark side…
Escapist and idealistic
Secretive and vague
Weak-willed and easily led
While I won’t reveal which of these traits jumps off the page at me most, I will say that my husband is one of the kindest, gentlest, and most compassionate creatures inhabiting my earth.
(If you are curious to read more about Pisces, please click here.)
These earrings are now available in my online shop at Etsy. Hand-fabricated in tarnish-resistant Argentium Sterling Silver with a transparent blue resin “dot” and a faceted pale green amethyst briolette, these limited edition earrings are priced at a song and are sure to go fast.
I recently attended the Milwaukee Bead and Button Show where I purchased some gorgeous strands of green amethyst and rock crystal briolettes. Although other projects at the bench and drafting table have kept me from getting to “play” with my new gems, design ideas are always percolating in my brain.
I came up with the following quick sketch yesterday evening:
From here I turned to CAD to further flesh out the pattern I had in mind:
And then CAD-rendered the earrings with ear wires and briolette gemstones:
These earrings are currently in progress at my bench. I’m headed there now and plan to create my own fireworks with torch in hand shortly.