Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Wire Wrapped Salem Sea Glass Choker

One of my favorite pass times is to search for sea glass and old pieces of china on the historical Derby Wharf in Salem MA. When the tide is out and the timing is just right one can find treasures from the past. Salem was once a seaport for Chinese trade. It was common practice to throw broken china and glassware overboard. These pieces are still making their way to the shore waiting to be made into art.

I created this one of a kind piece starting with a piece of light pink sea glass. This triangular glass was then wire-wrapped with silver plated wire. I added two sets of swirls for a figure eight effect. (Please see the symbolism of swirls below.)

A semi-precious polished amethyst flat round bead was wired on the top of the glass. Pink and purple have always been a favorite color combination of mine. The soft pink glass is sets of the violet stone in a very simple yet elegant way. Spring is on its way!

Also known as purple crystalline quartz this amethyst is the birthstone for Pisces. It is said to help insomnia, ward of the effects of alcohol and bring a sense of calmness. It is said that Leonardo Da Vinci wrote that amethyst has the ability to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken one's intelligence.

In Celtic traditions the swirl is a tribute to the rising sun and to Gaia Mother Earth. In other traditions the swirl it represents cycles of time birth, growth, death and then rebirth. Ancient Britain it symbolizes the feminine aspect of life. The spiral belongs to all and not exclusively to one religion or culture.

Wire Wrapped Sea glass Pendant 1.5 inches long and approximately 1 inch wide.
It hangs from a stainless steel silver round wire neck choker that is approximately about 16 inches. The clasp on the choker is a silver ball with hook. You may unscrew the ball of the choker to add another pendant or wear alone.

Ready to ship. I use priority mail with insurance since this is a rare one of a kind piece.

Made with love and magic in my Planet Calamari Studio located in Salem MA. See more art to wear at the Planet Calamari Etsy shop

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