The Maiden's Voyage
My cousin asked if I could make the Sweet Voyage necklace for his daughter for her birthday. That necklace has 3 rough diamond beads, and I only had one left. I had sketched a design for a smaller pendant with a single diamond bead a while ago, so a sent off a quick drawing, and he gave it a go. I really love how it turned out.
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 love and 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 is a solitaire rough diamond bead. A single stone, a passenger in its essence embarking on her own path. Above, two rings stand side by side symbolizing togetherness because one is never alone on her journey. From this togetherness a sterling silver wire curves down like outstretched arms, towards the lovingly prepared boat and its brilliant passenger, guiding her on her sweet voyage. High above on the chain hangs a small labradorite gemstone. As she looks back or gazes ahead, the iridescent play of colors serve as a guide beckoning her to sit in the bloom of the present moment.
Story written by Kristin, "the bloom of the present moment" is by Thoreau