Dryad

A pendant reminiscent of the forest
  • silver agate filigree forest pendant jewellery
  • silver agate filigree forest pendant jewellery
  • silver agate filigree forest pendant jewellery
  • silver agate filigree forest pendant jewellery
  • silver agate filigree forest earrings jewellery

2009
Sterling silver and agate

Pendant: 73 x 36.5 mm
Earrings: 23 x 13 mm


This pendant was my first encounter with filigree wire. I had four agate stones of matching size and wanted to try something ambitious. I have a bad habit of always trying to do the difficult things before I have mastered the basics. Since I created this piece in my first year of jewellery making I was still a novice at basic skills such as soldering and stone setting. A piece of jewellery is always finished, worked off and polished completely before the gemstones are set. After setting the stones a quick final polish is done to complete the work. This is done to protect the gemstones from overexposure to heat and friction. I remember struggling to set the stones since the rest of the pendant kept getting in the way. Halfway through setting the fourth and final stone the pendant snapped in two! Apparently I didn’t solder it together as well as I thought I had and the pressure I applied while setting the stones was more than the structure could resist.

Of course, fixing it meant removing all the stones, soldering and polishing it again and then resetting all the stones… Fortunately I had help from my teacher at Novus Design in setting the stones for the second time.

The filigree wire was made by twisting two thin wires together and flattening them with a roller. Small silver balls were soldered onto the wire to round of the design and matching earrings were made.


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