Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Ariel's Song

When I was off visiting my parents and sisters a couple of weeks ago, my 4 year old niece and I just had to watch The Little Mermaid together. It's one of her favorites and she's always wanting me to sing her the songs...which I don't know very well, because it's not a movie I've watched for awhile. But when I was working on this necklace I decided that Ariel or one of her sisters would very much enjoy wearing this little bit of vibrant pastels paying homage to the sea.
The focal lampwork seashell is quite large--about 1 3/4 inch long and really a gorgeous bead torched by artist Tiffany McCoy. The lead free pewter shell was hand cast by artisan Jeff Drummer from an actual seashell and there are several strands of gold filled chain dripping with gemstones--an 8mm swiss blue topaz briolette, several pink amethyst heart briolettes and a sprinkling of pink rubelite garnets hung from a hammered sterling ring that is wrapped in goldfilled wire and more rubelite garnets. Hung on a pastel verigated silk ribbon--it's lovely, but if you'd like to dress it up all you need to do is change out the ribbon (it's easy-peasy) and hang this lovely on a delicate sterling or gold chain. Versatile and lovely--you'll feel like Poisedon's daughter wearing this beauty. Total length of the pendant is 3" and it has an adjustable slide so the length will adjust from 15" to 36". Ariel's Song $132.00 (the gemstones make it a little pricey--but worth it!)

Ah, I couldn't resist playing with the color a bit for an artsy look...actually the pewter shell shows off a lot better in this picture than the others, but everything else is muted and toned down until it's unrecognizable colorwise...but sometimes a girl has to play with her grayscale, ya know!


Kristen said...

That is one gorgeous piece! Love the colors and the big seashell! Ariel would be proud! :)

Rickie said...

Thanks Kristen...I thought it felt very mermaid-y! :-)