Infinite Possibilities

Infinity Fossil Pendant

Infinity Fossil Pendant in Sterling Silver

Another variation on the ‘Fossils in Silver’ theme, this time making use of the perfect symmetry created by the seamless  joining of two ammonite fossils to create a representation of a figure of eight on its side, which is customarily associated with ‘Infinity’. This symbol might also be used to depict the ‘ouroboros’, the alchemical sigil designating the cyclical nature and endlessness of all things.

This is a solid sterling silver piece which is both bold and beautiful. It is enhanced by a black silk necklet which has been threaded and knotted through the pendant’s integral bail loop.  A stunning complement to that little black cocktail dress now that we’re racing headlong towards the Christmas party season … grab it while you can!

Infinity Fossil Pendant in Sterling Silver

Infinity Fossil Pendant

Infinity Fossil Pendant in Sterling Silver

Infinity Fossil Pendant 

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Ancient Sea Creatures Immortalised in Silver

The 'Fossils in Silver' Pendant Collection

The ‘Fossils in Silver’ Pendant Collection

My collection of ‘Fossils in Silver’ continues to grow.  This group of pendants all developed out of the original idea for the fossil cufflinks which started me down this particular design path.

Having seen how well the shape worked when dapped using a doming block, I started playing with ideas for creating a pendant.  My first attempt simply took the same outline as the cufflinks, enlarged it slightly, formed it with block and punch to give it greater structure and depth, and finally adding a bead bail to make a simple but effective everyday wear pendant.

'Fossils in Silver' Plain Sterling Silver Pendant

‘Fossils in Silver’ Plain Sterling Silver Pendant

From there it was a simple jump to consider adding a gemstone.  I repeated the small pendant design, but this time enhanced it by setting a 4mm Sky Blue Topaz gemstone into a bezel placed at the heart of the silver fossil.

'Fossils in Silver' Pendant set with sky blue topaz

‘Fossils in Silver’ Pendant set with Sky Blue Topaz

Finally, I decided to ‘go large’!  The last pendant in the set is, I think, the most stunning.  It follows the basic pattern of the others but is much bolder.  It is embellished with a large, beautifully deep coloured London Blue Topaz gemstone.  I have also pierced out a shaped integral bail and the whole piece is set off to perfection with a knotted 1.5 mm thick Spiga (plaited) sterling silver chain.

I really love the overall effect of this piece – I have no doubt that it will get noticed!

'Fossils in Silver' Pendant set with London Blue Topaz

‘Fossils in Silver’ Pendant set with London Blue Topaz

The Legendary Celtic Knot

Celtic Knot Work Sterling Silver Pendant with Black Onyx Cabochon

Celtic knot work is perhaps the most widely recognisable art from early times. Despite extensive study, the Celts remain one of the most elusive and unknowable of ancient cultures. This stems largely from the fact that the Celts appear to have relied extensively on an oral tradition for the passing on of knowledge and skills. Though it is without doubt that they were an educated people, written records of their beliefs and traditions are few.

The artistry of the Celtic knot is regularly seen by around 450 AD and, following the Christian influence on Celtic culture, this art form began to be incorporated into early Christian manuscripts, perhaps the most famous and lavish of which is the Irish Book of Kells ~ an illuminated manuscript of the four gospels of the New Testament recorded in Latin in circa. 800 AD.

There are a great variety of knots, swirls, plaits and other motifs which make up traditional knot work. Can any meaning be attributed to the various knot designs? Well, although probably more folklore than absolute truth, the knot is often referred to as the ‘mystic’ or ‘endless’ knot and is associated with endings and beginnings ~ as the knot has no true beginning or end, it represents the infinite cycle of birth and rebirth of the spirit and emphasises the timeless nature of the soul’s journey. It can also be seen to represent the uninterrupted life cycle of nature and the turning of the wheel of the year through the seasons.

In this way, the Celtic knot has become a symbol or talisman and is often incorporated into items of jewellery, clothing and other ornamentation and given or acquired as a charm against misfortune and ill health. Today, it is often given as a gift with good wishes for health, longevity and good luck with all new projects or endeavours.

By the Light of a Silvery Moon

Well isn’t January just flying by?

At long last I’ve managed to grab a little “me” time to get a couple of new jewellery ideas down on paper. I’ve been rather too fascinated with pendants as neck wear for the past twelve months, and so these two little gems are going to be a bit of a departure for me – and somewhat of an experiment in the making of a complete necklace design.

The inspiration for the first necklace came over the holiday period when we had a particularly clear, beautifully cold and crisp, and exceptionally dark night – I found myself mesmerised by the ghostly crescent moon – she was barely more than a couple of days old as she made her journey across the night sky. I knew I had to pay her homage in crafted silver, and thus the idea for this design began to take shape in my mind.

Crescent Moon

Crescent Moon - to be pierced from sterling silver sheet

I started simply, with a fluid crescent shape to be pierced from silver sheet.  To this I wanted to add a gorgeous array of sterling silver round beads, reminiscent of the moon when she is at her full glory.

I think somewhere in the back of my mind I held this image of a beautiful Celtic Priestess, holding this necklace aloft as she whispered the words of an ancient incantation to the Moon.

Crescent Moon Necklace design sketch

Crescent Moon Necklace design sketch

The Celtic theme was still pulling strongly at my psyche and from that came another, similar, necklace design. This one though will be a little more complex to make than the Crescent Moon piece.

Starting with a sterling silver disc, I plan to etch a celtic knotwork design, punctuated in the centre by a bezel set cabochon of black onyx.

Celtic Knot Necklace design sketch

Celtic Knot Necklace design sketch

Once again, I want to embellish the necklace with beautiful silver beadwork and heavy gauge belcher chain – it will have a weighty and substantial feel to it when complete – a stunning piece against a black sweater.

Celtic Knot Necklace design sketch

Celtic Knot Necklace design sketch

The finishing touch will be the central setting of an 8mm round black onyx cabochon and an oxidised finish to the silver of the celtic knotwork pendant element.

Celtic Knot Necklace design sketch

Celtic Knot Necklace design sketch

Work on these pieces is progressing well – watch out for further news about them here over the next couple of weeks.  I so hope you’re going to just fall in love with them as I have!