The Sphinx stands guard and questioning beneath an archway of flowers - behind her snakes the golden path that leads into the pyramid, a place held fixed inside our collective unconscious as a point of origin and also, return. Who are you, she asks? The ultimate question, the key to the secret. The only way out, is in.
This unique piece was designed and created specifically as a signature piece for the Dreams of Atlantis collection launching Nov 2019. In this collection, iridescent stones and vitreous enamel landscapes are picked and themes of Atlantis as a trasncended state of mind are explored
About This Piece
This dreamy landscape is created in the painstaking ancient process of cloisonné enamel; made with powdered glass, fine silver wire and foil, and 24ct gold foil highlights. The process lends an incredible depth and glow to what results as essentially a handmade gemstone - it catches the light and opalesces in brilliant colours (For more info about vitreous enamel, scroll down).
This piece was set into an ornate setting featuring the signature BMMBX 'Sphinx' design made from my original sculpture and cast to sterling silver. The setting background is hand-fabricated from wire and sheet silver to form a story around the landscape enamel, for a very unique necklace with narrative and meaning.
Like all my larger pieces or ones that that feature enamel. this comes signed and dated on the reverse for collectability. The piece comes on a sterling silver chain with handmade toggle clasp, and a large bail at the back allows for its exchange.
Payment via layaway is possible - contact me to secure this piece and not let it get away
What Is Enamel? In this technique used here - known as cloisonné - Fine silver wires were bent into shape to form an outline, which was then filled with several layers of coloured glass. Each layer of glass is fired to very high temperature inside a kiln till it liquefies, before a subsequent layer is laid. Each piece has as many as ten layers, each requiring individual firings. The lengthy process results in the creation of a manmade gemstone, with an image that has depth, luminance and texture. The technique is not widely employed in contemporary jewelry and thus rare and appealing to collectors.
Being glass, it is more durable than most gemstones out there and we have unearthed ancient enamels from millenia ago that have stood the test of time - but to allow this to become an heirloom (or join you in your pyramid) employ usual precautions when wearing handmade jewelry - no shocks, drops or chemicals.