A necklace I made for a long time and very dear friend and his sweet family. A tiny boat is forged by hand from a thick sheet of sterling silver, a sturdy base from which to build a home. The outside of the vessel has been carefully buffed and polished, softly reflecting the beauty to be seen in the world. The inside is hammered, resembling hand hewn wood, an interior space carved out and shaped to safely carry its precious cargo. Nestled securely within the vessel are three rough diamond beads. Above, two rings stand side by side encircling a sterling silver wire as it curves down, like outstretched arms, towards the lovingly prepared boat and its brilliant passengers, guiding them on their sweet voyage.
The inside of the boat is hammered, resembling hand hewn wood.
A boat and it's brilliant passengers, represented by three rough diamond beads.
The length of the necklace can be adjusted. Five round jumprings represent 5 family members. On the other side of the lobster clasp are 3 small oval jumprings, signifying the 3 children.
The rough diamond beads are secured in the boat with rivets. A piece of wire with a balled end goes through the bead and comes out of the bottom of the boat. The end of the wire is carefully flared and hammered to secure the diamonds in place, while not marring the surface.
The beginnings of a necklace. An idea, a sheet of sterling silver, sterling silver wire (in three different gauges) and chain. The chain and lobster clasp (not shown) are ready made, all the other elements of the necklace are handmade by me.