Lily of the Valley Carcanet - Adjustable 18 1/4 to 19 1/2 Inches - Lily of the Valley Collection
Sometimes inspiration reaches out to you from another era. Such was the case with this piece. The shape was inspired by an antique amethyst necklace in my personal collection. With that shape as a template, I infused the rest of the piece with signature elements of my style. Days of work went into this piece, and it developed into more of a diadem for the neck than a necklace - hence naming it a carcanet, a type of elaborate jeweled collar. Handmade lily of the valley flowers, that I sawed by hand from sterling sheet using drawings of mine as the guide, cradle natural and rare vesuvianite gemstones. In their secret and deadly poisonous quality that protects them from consumption by predators, lily of the valley reminds us that we must always guard our own happiness in order to thrive. Vesuvianite - so named because it was first discovered at the base of Mount Vesuvius - grounds, stabilizes, purges negativity, and keeps us focused on our own unique path. Mirror image sterling crescent moons crown each segment of this necklace, a nod to the reflection of ourselves in nature, the waxing and waning phases of all things, and the power of the divine feminine. The layered construction of this piece adds depth, texture, and weight. Despite the heft, this necklace was made to lay comfortably and flat around the neck. It is slightly adjustable (18 1/4 to 19 1/2 inches) to find the perfect fit. An amulet of self-preservation and personal power, this heirloom collector piece has been blackened and polished to appear as a magical old world artifact. My maker's mark and .925 for sterling adorn the back of one segment.
-- Details -- Sterling silver. This piece weighs 4.18 ounces. Natural vesuvianite (also known as idocrase). An individual segment of this necklace measures approximately 2 3/4 inches across widest point. 18 1/4 inches total necklace length, with additional 1 1/4 inches of adjustable chain. Please note that due to factors such as neck and bust size, torso length, etc. a certain chain length may appear slightly longer or shorter on the model than it will on you. You will receive the pictured necklace.
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