This focal for this talisman necklace for my Upward Spiral collection is my attempt at depicting the indescribable confrontation (and exaltation) of communing with someone who mirrors you perfectly in virtues and flaws. Something about trial by fire, something about that door you've been avoiding all your life - I am no philosopher or spiritualist, but an artist, who can channel ideas in pictorial form in my chosen medium of enamel.
The focal of this necklace was created in the technique of cloisonné enamel, where fine silver wires are laid in outlines that are then filled with powdered glass and fired, layer by layer, also inside a kiln. For more on how cloisonné is created, check out this link where I walk you through the process in an IGTV. The process creates a painting in glass that reflects the light with an unmatched liveliness, and is considered a handmade gemstone.
The inspiration for the setting were the gem-encrusted crosses of Byzantium which I gave a contemporary twist - I set a pair of pale green tourmalines inside a filigree-embellished setting. Filigree is an art form of my culture and slowly disappearing from the world. I also used a juicy amethyst and yet another tourmaline - this one pink - to round off the piece.