I think I may have posted this bracelet in the past..not sure. I took it out of the gallery today because I finally decided to keep it. Its one of those pieces that I have taken in and out of the gallery several times because I was hesitant to let it go. When it was in the gallery, I had it priced so high, no one would purchase it anyway!
Its very simple and really has no technique to it, Its just an array of gemstones wire wrapped on a silver chain. Yet it continues to speak to me! I love the blues and browns together and It feels so good around my wrist. Its heavy enough to feel like a quality piece, but not so heavy it is unconformable. I love the sweet chime it makes when I move my wrist. Isn't this what jewelry is suppose to do for us? I rarely keep my own jewelry. I keep my prototypes and my "firsts" (first solder,enamel,etched, riveted ect) usually because they have some flaws. But this piece Im keeping because I LOVE it.
The pictures really don't do it justice because the way the gems transition color is really beautiful.
I made one in red yellows and white using garnet,rubies, citrine,pearls and moonstone. Its a pretty piece but it dosent have the power this one has for me.
As an artist, I think my one strong quality is color. I don't have lots of faith in any of my other skills but I'm good with color. I can reproduce a color I saw 10 years ago...I can match a pain color to a gemstone I only saw once. I think one of the reasons I love this bracelet so much is because it validates my ability to work with color. I guess we all know blue and brown go well together, but I spent hours combing thru beads to pick the perfect shades. I used Appetite, aquamarine, Kyanite, Amnozite, Lamar, smoky topaz, smokey quartz and colored pearls.
So as simple as the technique is and as generic as the design is (everyone has a "cha cha" bracelet, to me it feels thoughtful. The artistry is in the choices of materials.
Well shit, now I feel like a braggart..Not my intention, I was really just trying to express my love for this piece and why a seemingly simple design would be so special to me.Let me know what you think. Is this a special piece or is it just way past bedtime and Tylenol PM has kicked in???