Milk of Paradise • Necklace or Ring • Xanadu collection
This piece is pictured unset and unfinished, so it can be finished as a necklace or a ring in your size. Please let me know in the checkout box what you would like.
"For he on honey-dew hath fed, And drunk the milk of Paradise." - Kubla Khan
I made this little 'tincture of opium' bottle as a nod to the strange opium-induced origins Coleridge claims for the poem that inspired this collection. In 1798 while in Exmoor England, Coleridge was sick with dysentery and took some opium as was custom in those days for any ailment. In a strange half-waking state, he claims the poem came to him fully formed and on waking, he set pen to paper and wrote it all down.
About the piece
The focal was created in the painstaking ancient technique of cloisonné enamel. After designing the linework, I bend miniscule fine silver wires into the outline designs, which are then filled with thin layers of glass powder, each layer requiring separate kiln firings. The result is a manmade gemstone. It will not fade and will be as beautiful and bright today as it will be a thousand years from now.
For more about this technique, have a look at my IGTV.
The piece is one of a kind and can be finished as a necklace pendant or a ring. If you would like a ring - remember to let me know your ring size at checkout.