"Atlantis" Handcrafted Lampwork & Gemstone Bracelet

Welcome to White Tideline Designs, handcrafted jewelry-as-art ~ sculpted bracelets like watercolors, using premier artisan beads & gemstones & sterling. Each piece is designed and handmade by me in my San Francisco Bay Area studio, an old African mahogany table in my home - my vast and beautiful palette. While my muse may be the same (so often it is the sea, a landscape, a trip abroad), no two pieces are ever identical. There will be only one 'Atlantis & the Temple of Venus,' and it will belong...to you.

Whenever I imagine that Atlantis was a real place, I imagine a powerful city of lofty, like-minded peaceful people who practiced energy-healing, shapeshifting and lucid dreaming. They say that Atlantis was also a power-point on the planet such that during a shift of the poles, long, long ago the great and lofty city of Atlantis disappeared in a single day and night. It was so long ago that Plato, when he mentioned it, could hardly quite recall if he was telling a tall tale or if his story was according to perfect verbal tradition passed down through time. Although Plato believed Atlantis was just miles away from Athens, Greece...I wonder, perhaps, if Atlantis might partly still be aground and near a seaside city by Antalya, In the beautiful country of Turkey, in a beautiful ancient city called Perge? In Perge there is just such a Temple to Venus in ruins just as the sterling one on this bracelet. Photographs of exactly these few remaining columns were taken in Perge among the splendor of ruins - the cobbled streets, once lined with mosaics; the grand theatre, its stage made of solid marble; the agora where the shops lined both sides of the street; the gymnasium; the baths - it is all too rich to ponder. And one has to wonder...as Perge, like Atlantis lies close the the sea, it might just be the remnants of a once great city, now reduced to mythology and mythic proportions of dreamers of the sea and the once ancient world.

'Atlantis' is an all-artisan crafted, gallery-calibre 2-strand wrap bracelet made entirely of studio lampwork glass beads, gemstones, Swarovski crystals and sterling silver. Another LUXE design, this is a complex bracelet design in the 'spirit' genre; a complex design invoking the wild moving, alive energy of a time and place gone by and all that means in terms of life and our call upwards to a God or to Gods & Goddesses to help shepherd us on this journey of life.

This piece, as with others of my LUXE collection, is awash in top-flight artisan lampwork beads (by 6 different artists both here and abroad), sterling silver beads & components including beautiful Bali silver beads and a hand-cast SS toggle clasp. The magnificent tidepool-under-tempestuous-waves sculptural glass bead is the focal point around which all the other beads unify to make a piece of living sculptural jewelry. The German artist responsible for the tidepool focal is especially gifted at creating beads as microcosms of a greater whole - whether it is a pond, a meadow, a forest or a tidepool. She is able to capture the spirit of being alive in her work with molten glass and we are all the better for it. Companion beads include the work of another gifted glass artist and her interpretation of rich, waving sea grass upon a wild sand dunes and its pretty periwinkle blooms. Etched (like beach glass) lavender seashell beads (a starfish and a sand dollar) are by yet another esteemed glass artist who I have collaborated with since the very beginning. Central to the design inherent to 'Atlantis' are a small collection of disc lampwork beads by a few artists. You will find modern metallic and iridescent discs, some with polka dots, others in soft, solid turquoise or as if coated in golden sand and yet others rubbed down to an earthy, worn look and still others like beach glass discs. Following the same pattern are stone disc-shaped gems of aquamarine, quartz, blue topaz, blue-fire moonstone, encased organic lampwork beads which look like watercolor paintings inside glass pods of irregular shape and size. Over 40 pieces of sterling silver findings and accents pepper 'Atlantis' sending shimmers of bright light throughout the piece as the sunlight hits in at certain angles. Three large scallop shells in solid silver enjoy the focus of the bracelet along with the Greek Ruins charm, making for a staid, elegant and fetching statement-design of serenity beside the sea which is so imbued with mystery and myth. 'Atlantis' measures just a tad over 8.5 inches. My 7 inch wrist fits this 8.50 inch bracelet perfectly without being too tight and with just the right amount of slack to make it comfortable. "Atlantis" can be re-sized at no additional fees as this is a relatively simple and quick task to complete.

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