Some of my most prized sterling charms & findings are those done by a renowned silver artist who works in the 'lost' wax technique. Her work is superb and adds a rouge character to any design. As such, I lucked into this very solid little fellow - a beautifully abstract sterling seal. I have been waiting for just the right composition to include him in and I think I have found it in 'Fern Harbor.' I made up the name, 'Fern Harbor,' since the bracelet reminded me of the lush harbors and marinas of the Pacific Northwest where ferns drip from forested hillsides at the water's edge. Then I Googled 'Fern Harbor' and found that there is just such a place in Alaska! I could not have been more pleased - it is in Glacier Bay National Park, a place I have had the great good fortune to explore with my children for a solid week of near solitude on a private charter, dropping in and out of sheltered bays and seeing the famous glaciers up close, along with the bear and mountain goat.
In any case, 'The Seal at Fern Harbor' is a blessed piece, a piece de' resistance, a tour de force of colors of sea & forest, sky and fern and most especially the extraordinary lampwork beads which were created by 7 different gifted glass artists both here and abroad..
The focal lampwork lentil beads are by the esteemed artist, Catherine Steele, one of my favorite glass artists. When this set of beads arrived, I just about fell off my chair. These are the beads of summertime at the sea, rich & detailed tidepools under glass with sand, surf and sea urchins and dots of shining sterling. She calls them 'Ocean Within' and I can't think of a better name. They are so magnificently done; as if the sea is alive under the layer of clear, glossy glass. Sharing the 'stage' are equally imaginative beads by another American artist whose signature design is what I call, 'mystic portals,' that is, thick, encased glass over a core of color(s) and detailed on the surface with scrolls and chunky 'portals' of glass. They are beautiful and curious to look at and feel so good to explore and touch. Other lampwork beads by more cherished, gifted artists are as follows:
* Organic rounds in blues & turquoise
* Glossy fern green hollow round orbs, like vintage Japanese fisherman netted, round floaters
* Transparent turquoise fillegree lampwork rounds done in swirls of rich glass color
* Turquoise polka dot discs
* 3D petaled lampwork flowers in shades of blue
* Two stunning etched seashells done to perfection by
* Two larger drooping bluebelles in cobalt blue and a lighter shade from a talented Israeli artist
* Lampwork green leaves
* The large focal 3D flower in blues & lime green (TDF!)
Aside from this magnificent blend of artisan glass, you will also find faceted green amethyst and iolite nuggets, Swarovski crystals in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes, artisan sterling silver tube beads, a lighthouse charm and of course, the seal charm. Hilltribe & Bali sterling silver rings, pins, daisy spacers punctuate the piece throughout and finally a thick, sterling square Bali silver toggle clasp. 'The Seal of Fern Harbor' measures 7.5" in length and can be resized to any length without sacrificing design.
'The Seal of Fern Harbor' is an elegant, lyrical & beautiful piece in colors at once vibrant and alive reminding us all how wondrous our world is and how fantastic it is to be a part of the magical 'blue planet,' and most especially the sea and the deep majesty & mystery of our forests.
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