Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Going Organic...I'm getting back to my roots, leaves, twigs and branches.

When I started developing my style 7 years ago, I was into nature. I was living in South Florida and couldn't stop looking at the Banyan Tree, they were beautiful. Beautiful glossy leaves that clustered together and those amazing roots...Once the roots get to the ground, they soak up nutrients and grow faster and thicker. They cover the trunk of the host tree, and their leaves and branches in the canopy block the light from the host. Lacking enough nutrition and light, the host tree eventually dies. Its wood is destroyed by beetles,termites and fungi. Only the hollow space inside the banyan remains. The banyan roots make a huge cylinder, and it stands up perfectly well....what an amazing tree.

As for the Stones...It wasn't until I ran across a site that sold raw, uncut natural stones and the vision came to life.

I wanted that stone to be embraced by nature, whether it's twigs, leaves, a fallen branch or the Banyan tree roots.  

And for this...I'm going ORGANIC again.
My druzy stone embraced by leaves and twigs.
Once cast, their will be an 18" chain attached to the edge of the curved branch.

28mm x 10mm Natural Uncut Amethyst Stone. 
Once completed it will b e cast in Sterling Silver and polished.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Phalaenopsis Orchid Necklace

Mom and the Bride, just beautiful.

Mom is wearing my Phalaenopsis Necklace. It was shipped to England as a surprise 
for her Mom to wear on her wedding day. Needless to say she was taken back by the 
piece her daughter, Lisa gave her.

It's pictures like this that make me so proud of the jewelry I make.

For many years I have hand sculpted Orchids for the American Orchid Society and it's members, I have also commissioned orchid jewelry as well as bronze sculptures to raise money for Orchid Research, and of all of the hundreds of Orchids designed and sculpted by me, this has been my favorite from day one. The Orchid Necklace has been featured in Bay Magazine in Tampa Florida, it has won Best of Show at the Miami Orchid Show as well as Mainsail Art Show in Florida. This necklace is one of my pride and joys that I'm making available on Etsy.

Materials: Sterling Silver with optional 14k or 18k Gold Plating
Adjustable Necklace Fits 16" - 18" 
Important Note: To make this necklace comfortable, it has a hidden hinge behind the bottom orchid, this allows the necklace to flex comfortably when worn.

Phalaenopsis Orchid Jewelry