Mystic

A classic yet stylish pendant
  • silver labradorite granulation pendant
  • silver labradorite granulation pendant
  • silver labradorite granulation pendant
  • silver labradorite granulation pendant
  • silver labradorite granulation pendant

2010
Sterling silver and labradorite

35 x 22 mm


This elegant pendant was a 21st birthday gift for my sister. I asked her to pick a gemstone and whether she wanted a pendant, ring or earrings. After that I told her nothing about the piece until it was finished (just in time for her birthday). Needless to say, she loved it!

I have always been fond of granulation in jewellery. Tiny metal balls always add to the intrigue of a piece. I don’t think the balls on this pendant are really small enough to qualify as granulation but I still love the effect. This simplistic design is so pretty that I wouldn’t mind making another pendant like this one, after I have gathered enough courage to repeat the process. When I started this piece I was advised to solder the balls onto a backplate which could be filed away or trimmed at a later stage. I didn’t listen to this advice as I wanted to attach the balls directly to the bezel. This turned out to be quite tricky. All the balls were soldered on with the same solder, which means that as the solder melts in one place (to attach the balls to the bezel) it would also melt in other places, causing already soldered balls to fall off again... Well, after a lot of struggle and some curses, everything was finally in place. In Afrikaans we have a saying: Aanhouer wen

This pendant was constructed from a silver bezel with clusters of silver balls and a bail soldered onto it. The labradorite cabochon is a particularly beautiful one with a deep but bright blue sheen and a flash of gold in the bottom right corner. It is one of those special labradorite stones that look almost alive.


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