IMP:This piece is what I would personally consider a 'second', due to a few surface imperfections notably a larger blemish on the red cuff of the arm. While 'holes' in enamels are a frequent bane of enamellers and sometimes fixable, I had already set this piece by the time I noticed it and it was too late to re-fire. Rather than throw away the piece which is what I would normally have done, I decided to offer it here as a second, to perhaps allow someone who always wanted an enamel to purchase one at an unlikely price and start their collection.
This cloisonné focal is an ode to effort, and a riff on my 'No Rose Without A Thorn' piece only featuring the sea in the background, the rough waves joining with the thorns of the rose to symbolise the tests and trials of life's journey when trying to attain the prize - be it worldly or otherworldly.
It encompasses in itself the mood I want to achieve with Journey, the waters at the tributary of new and old symbolism, part-alchemy, part-2020.
The focal piece is made in the painstaking technique of cloisonné, where wires are delicately bent to my original designs then filled with thin layers or powdered glass that is kiln-fired. The resulting human-made gemstone glints and catches the light with great depth and brilliance, really glittering. (For more about cloisonné, check out this link where I walk you through the process in an IGTV).
All handmade jewelry is delicate. Though by no means as fragile as some stones, vitreous enamels can break or chip if mishandled. No drops, shocks, tugs or chemicals - and it will last to be buried with you inside your pyramid.
Pandemic edit: I am happy to say the pandemic will be no impediment to this piece reaching you fast and safe. It ships by courier to select countries. Transit time is incredibly around 3 working days (add on a day if you're in Oz). If you don't see your country listed in the shipping options, contact me.