Moonstone Flower Nouveau Necklace
When I get stuck or unmotivated or just don’t know what to work on next, I like to find my inspiration again by thumbing through style books, line art, and my historical art nouveau jewelry fashion plates until I feel like sketching something. By the time I’ve finished sketching out some lines and curves or maybe even a few new pieces, I’m clear-headed and ready to get back to work. It’s a win/win because, by the time I’m done with whatever I’m making, I have new designs to get started on already sketched out or old ones I can elaborate on.
This design was born out of one such session where I really wanted to explore the floral traditions of art nouveau with a modern, minimal take. I don’t sketch everything I make, but when I do, I love to see how the final piece evolves to accommodate the shift from two-dimensional drawing to a three-dimensional piece of wearable art. Almost always, the final piece is an improvement upon what I dreamed up on paper.
This piece is crafted out of Sterling silver wire, hammered and soldered to form the vine-like frame and flower, then wired with rainbow moonstone rondelle beads on custom silver headpins for buds and a white moonstone faceted briolette drop. I had not anticipated the diagonal hang when I sketched it, but I really love what that adds to the design. One of my favorite things to do is to make large pieces that still seem delicate and this one felt like a success there.
This is a one-of-a-kind piece that has already sold, but I would be open to revisiting the design as there are some new things I would like to try to evolve it yet further. I may make another yet or perhaps even expand it into a collection.