The World Is Our Oyster p01
Size: 1.25” x 1.50”
Materials: Silver, Fresh water pearls
I first learned about metal reticulation from Mary Patterson, a favorite jeweler of mine from Dayton, OH. I was so enamored with the organic beauty yet individuality of the pieces that I ended up with a collection of reticulated jewelry from different artists from around the world. As I took up metalsmithing, reticulation became one of my favorite techniques.
I was looking for a wedding present for a friend. At the time, I was reading up on European Renaissance Art. While discussing designs with Mary, I mentioned The Birth of Venus by Botticelli and we agreed on a piece based on the concept of the birth of the next phase of my friends’ lives: both of them (the pearls) launching into a new world full of promises. I liked what she came up with that I commissioned this piece as inspiration for my future silversmithing venture. And … I made it!
Silver is believed to mirror one’s soul.
Pearls have been recognized throughout history for its healing power. Over time, the pearl has become the symbol of purity and innocence.