RESERVED Sterling Silver Grand Canyon Rimrock Impression Pendant + Choker Necklace + Earthy Beads of Clay, Petrified Wood, Juniper Seeds, Jasper

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RESERVED Sterling Silver Grand Canyon Rimrock Impression Pendant + Choker Necklace + Earthy Beads of Clay, Petrified Wood, Juniper Seeds, Jasper

240.00

A necklace made of sunlight on stone, this pendant was created onsite at the Grand Canyon. 

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:: Rimrock Impression ::

:: This necklace has been Reserved for a special customer ::

The Grand Canyon of Arizona is one of the world's most extraordinary landscapes.  During a visit to the South Rim last year, I brought along some metal clay to make jewelry elements with.  I have found that when a piece is created through direct contact onsite, it has a far more powerful feeling to it.  An immediate connection is made with a place.  For this pendant I pressed unfired silver metal clay, or PMC+, into the limestone rimrock at the edge of the canyon.  I had found an especially interesting section of stone that looked as if it had been etched with crisscrossed trails.  I dried the clay on the rock and then brought it home for firing and finishing.  The silver preserved every tiny detail of the stone surface, even my fingerprints on the reverse, and I did very little to its surface so the texture could remain intact.  Only a very soft, powdery patina was added, with a coating of Renaissance Wax to preserve it. 

I then spent about a year admiring it before incorporating it into this necklace.  The beads reflect the pale earthen hues of the canyon's edge as they are flooded with the intense light and heat of the summer sun.  Many fragile little Mali clay beads from Africa were used, as were tiny Myrrh "tears": beads of fragrant resin that are strung into necklaces by African women.  There are also a few discs of rough African quartz, yellow jasper, horn, and plenty of picture jasper.  To represent the Southwest, I included polished pieces of Arizona petrified wood and juniper seed beads from a Navajo Ghost Bead strand.  The toggle clasp is also petrified wood. 

This is truly a timeless piece.  It's very lightweight, yet earthy and understated, with the shapes, colors and true impressions of the desert.

SIZE:   The entire necklace is 20 1/2" or 52cm long when fastened.  The rimrock pendant measures 2 3/8" x 1" or 60mm x 25mm.

CARE:   Handle this piece gently when you are not wearing it to protect the beads.  If necessary the necklace can be briefly rinsed in cool water and gently blotted dry with a soft towel.  Extended immersion and soap is not recommended.  Gently buff the silver with a soft, damp cloth. 

PRESENTATION: Rimrock Impression will come to you beautifully giftwrapped.  See the shop policies below for details.

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