The muse behind 'White Ice ~ Valentine' is the stunning blue-flash moonstone faceted nugget which shimmers & shines by turn & by twist. High quality moonstone is mesmerizing, magical & reminds me of the reflection of sky in Antarctica, cruising icy blue waters on a brilliant, sunny day as we broke the 'ice pack' surrounding the Antarctic peninsula in early Springtime. But the theme of this piece is romance - Valentines Day - the perfect purity of deeply felt love & the gestures on a day inspired by Cupid.
The focal moonstone is surrounded by some magnificently rendered artisan lampwork beads. Created by torch and glass rod, the beads are then kiln-annealed for 12 or so hours which makes them especially resilient. There is a white 'spankle' round from a talented British artist who encased sterling silver splots under thick encased clear glass over a core of white. This is such a stunning bead that add depth of both elegance & enigma. Companion lampwork beads are as lovely, but it is really the collection of stones and sterling that bring the design to its form. Glossy freshwater pearl buttons, gentle pink amethyst, luminous Keishi pearls & faceted quartz rondelles work along with a white sterling silver snowflake, puffy heart charm and a sterling tio of hearts on a petite tag. Together these create the design of 'White Ice ~ Valentine.' A perfectly hand-cast bail with a small raised heart is made by a talented local metal artist using the old-wax technique and sterling to create a sturdy, handsome pendant/necklace bail. I have strung the pendant on weathered leather cord. 'White Ice ~ Valentine' measures @ 20" and the leather cord can, of course, be swapped out for other necklace or chain options should you choose different looks for different days or events.
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