Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello people, how's tricks? I'm panicking a bit as I am totally unprepared for Christmas and I haven't a single gift wrapped or card written. Cards are an outdated institution, in my opinion - they get thrown away after a couple of weeks, making it a colossal waste of paper at the time when everyone is talking about climate change. There you are, I feel better already, I've successfully talked myself out of writing any cards again, this year. I shall put some money away and give it to charity later on in 2022. A win win situation.
The pomegranate is visible all over the city, of Granada in Spain, replicated in wood, metal, stone and fabric. This is no surprise as Granada in Spanish means pomegranate. The Catholic Monarchs took the fruit as a symbol of their final victory over the Moors of Al-Andalous and it remains part of the Spanish flag even today.
In Greek Mythology, this ancient symbol carries the weight of life and re-birth. Its origins hark back to Iran and Afghanistan and it remains as the symbol of Armenia signifying fertility, abundance and marriage. It is mentioned in Holy Scriptures on several occasions. Some think that even the “Forbidden Fruit” of the creation story might have been a pomegranate.
I finally received the little clasp I was waiting for and could finish off the necklace I made for my beautiful pomegranate pendant. It is set with garnets and an amethyst and the back is as pretty as the front. The necklace has been woven with shiny garnet coloured Japanese Miyuki seed beads with a spiral stripe of silver seed beads on one side of the necklace and gold on the other to match the dual tone metal elements. Once I had it finished with it's dainty clasp, edged with tiny micro pave set diamante I realised that it was long enough to slip over my head, but the little clasp just finished it off perfectly.
When I first saw the pendant it reminded me of a pocket watch - which in turn always reminds me of The White Rabbit in Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Once that image was in my head I couldn't get rid of it - hence the long wait for the perfect clasp.
My oldest friend who lives in Boston picked up this necklace from Caprilicious and wore it as soon as it got to her - I posted the picture she sent me on Instagram and got a request for another soon after. I thought it would be a while to source the beads, but I had some in my stash.
I shall now go and wrap my presents - I have junior doctors and secretaries to thank for working so hard all year long. Have a good week, and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.