She Sells Sea Shells
The pendant was made using enameled non tarnish silver plated wire. The Paua shell, or abalone comes from New Zealand and is held in position by miles of wire and a dyed jade teardrop bead crowned by pearls. The necklace is made of abalone with cream pearl spacers and a box clasp. It is 21" long, but I'm happy to shorten it if you wish it closer to the neck to suit the neckline of your special outfit. This is a very special piece and a one off so be sure to bag it as no more are forthcoming - I couldn't reproduce it exactly if I tried. The asymmetry of the piece, the sheen of the abalone, the beauty of the pendant and the pretty box clasp - these are what make it a champion piece!
The pendant was from a design by Nicole Hanna - it entails winding fine wire around six lengths of thicker wire with swells and swoops, doubling back on themselves, never using any tools other than the fingers until the very end, when the wire ends are secured. The back of the pendant is as neat and tidy as the front. I decided to add the little jade teardrop, as I like movement in my jewellery and the little crown of pearls adds glamour.