This necklace is called "Midsummer night" and was inspired by a celebration of the shortest night of the year in Slavic culture (Kupala Night). It's a festival of fire, water, joy, fertility and love. People gather around bonfires to dance, and maidens plait flower wreaths, which are later thrown into rivers or lakes to tell the future or to be caught be a beloved man. It is said to be dangerous to swim though, because especially during this magical night you might encounter rusalkas - female water spirits.
If they saw handsome men, they would fascinate them with songs and dancing, mesmerize them, then lead them away to the river bottom to their death. You can see three of these water spirits in my necklace, peeking out of the lake, surrounded by water plants and fireflies (very common this time of a year).
The necklace is made of fine silver, sterling silver 18K green gold and 10 labradorites (smaller ones 4-5 mm, the biggest one 20 mm). Each detail was formed and carved by hand. No moulds were used in the process. The widest part of the necklace (the top) is about 8 cm (3.1 in). Each face is about 1,5 cm (0.6 in). It's heavily oxdized and polished. It's quite big, extremely eye catching piece.
The necklace is hung on several cords made of natural silk, which are meant to resemble water. Toggle clasp is also handmade of silver.
It's a true one of a kind, collector's piece.
This piece got into final five in prestigious Saul Bell Design Award contest, in metal clay category. It was the third time when my jewellery was aprreciated this way in SBDA competition.
You can read more about this piece in an interview with me, published by Creative Fire online magazine.
Material: Fabric, Gold, Silver
Color: Blue, Gray, Green, Navy, Silver, Teal
Collection: Slavic tales
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