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Blue Nautilus Cloisonné Enamel Pendant by Laura Bracken (Available for Free U.S. Shipping or Local Pick-Up)


This one of a kind pendant was designed and created by local jewelry artist Laura Bracken.

Laura says: "The fact that Nautilus have been on earth (well, in the oceans) for over 500 million years intrigues me. That, combined with the beautiful "golden ratio" spiral in cross-section of their shells and I've got the inspiration for my limited collection of pieces."

Cloisonné is an ancient technique of applying glass to metal. Each piece can take several days to make, starting with the design and ending with the high polish. To create a piece, Laura starts with sheets of pure silver (0.999) to which several layers of enamel (colored, powdered glass) are fused in a 1450 degree kiln. Tiny, pure silver wires are bent into the design and enamel is added into the cells and fired one layer at a time. Most pieces require 15-20 layers of enamel, after which the piece is stoned down, sanded, and polished to a high shine.

The textured setting (1½ inches in diameter) was created from recycled sterling silver. The 18-inch chain is also sterling silver.

This item can be picked up at the gallery in Auburn, CA or the artist can ship it to you for free (domestic shipping only). If you've purchased this and want to have it shipped to you, please click here to give your mailing address to the artist.  (LauraBrackenOnline "at" gmail.com)

Inventory #: LB3287