Leaves and swirls create a frame for a rich purple colored charoite cabachon in a unique piece of wearable art. The piece is three dimensional with interest on all sides.
I designed this pendant in a sketchbook, transferred the design into FYI Pure Silver Clay. My work is then embellished, filed, sanded, and refined. Once they are to my liking, I fire it in my kiln where the clay binder burns off and the pure silver metal is left. From there I polish and patina them for effect.
Discovered in the 1940s, Charoite was unknown to the outside world until 1978. Its name is derived from the Chara (or Charo) River in eastern Siberia, Russia, the only site in the world where it is found. The word “Chary” in Russian means “magic” or “charms.” The term “Charoite Jade” is a trade name for Charoite used in various applications as a decorative stone. [www.mindat.org]
The piece dangles 2″ x 1.5″ from a 16″ oxidized sterling silver cable chain.
Materials: .999 fine silver, sterling silver, charoite
Size: Pendant: 2″ x 1.5″, Chain: 16″