A Damsel With A Dulcimer Necklace • Xanadu collection
"A damsel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw:
It was an Abyssinian maid
And on her dulcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Abora. " - Kubla Khan
An incredible amount of hours went into this piece. In a strange meditative state, over days, I created the outline for this 'damsel' in silver wire, from a composition I had so often seen in my head. Poppies at her feet symbolise the opium origins of the poem - and over the Mountain she has sung into existence, a meteorite streaks in gold, just because. I have decorated her clothes and environment with many small details, spent a good while on making her tiny face just dreamy, and hazing the powdered glass layer after layer so it fades gently from the poppy-purple to the heavenly blue. Her 'song' is symbolised by the sometimes-there liquid gold streaks that catch the light.
I chose to set this enamel into an open setting to let as much light in as possible, allowing it to really gleam and sparkle as only enamel can. Over the wide bail at the top, a pale fiery ethiopian opal was set.
The piece comes on a bespoke pomegranate-red garnet double-strand collar, with handmade endcaps and chain that allow it to be worn at different lengths, from choker to longer. The garnet necklace is easily slipped out of the bail, to bring wearability to the piece so that it can be worn on a plain chain too, for less fancy days.
What is Vitreous Enamel?
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.
At a Glance:
Focal: Vitreous Enamel on copper with gold leaf details.
Hand-fabricated sterling setting
Setting Gemstone: Ethiopian Opal
Necklace: Double garnet strand with handmade endcaps in sterling
Necklace lengths: Shortest: 19" Longest: 20"
You will be getting the unique piece pictured
Signed and dated
Ships courier, from 3 day transit time
Care: Indie jewelry is by nature a little more delicate than jewelry made by machine - enamel however is surprisingly durable with regards to light, water and chemicals. But like many gemstones do, it risks chipping or breaking if dropped. Do not wear this piece while performing any strenuous activity and it will last to be discovered in your pyramid a thousand years from now.