‘Symmetry’ Pendant with Iolite Gemstone
I had been puzzling for a while about how I could make a pendant to compliment my ‘Perfect Symmetry’ collection of rings. Initially, I wanted to create something based around a circular design in recognition of the rings’ shape, but I could find no pleasing way of incorporating the symmetrical scroll elements whilst also maintaining a true circle form.
Eventually I decided to just take a straight piece of round silver wire of significant diameter, taper the ends sufficiently to enable me to create the scrolls, and then play around with this and a pair of half round pliers until the metal took on an interesting shape.
After a good deal of bending, hammering and annealing, a good shape seemed to present itself.
Continuing with the twining tendrils theme, I added a further piece of scrolled wire to the top of the pendant to create a bail. I am really pleased with this small detail which enhances the overall effect of the piece.
The bezel will be filled with a 6mm round deep violet Iolite stone, the companion to that used in the ‘Symmetry with Iolite’ ring.
On seeing the design sketches for this pendant, a colleague commented that it looked a little like a musical treble clef symbol; it’s not quite, but I’m now thinking how I could use that idea for a future design!