This is the first in a series of musings on jewelry, culture, and adornment and well, basically anything and everything. I will call them Jewelry Vignettes.
Texture is an important characteristic of diasporic jewelry. The Tuareg wedding bracelets below use granules and bosses to create texture and value to artistic effect. Texture influences Leaping Heart Jewelry just as it has informed global jewelry through the ages. Did you notice the geometric hallmark on the inside of the bracelet on the left? It is the mark of a proud craftsman.
I am looking for a similar but subtle effect in my charm bracelet. I wanted to evoke the romantic imagery and sentiments of silvery moonlight in the desert, without the fatigue, hard work and desert sickness that comes from getting there! So I chose a bossing texture using 14k yellow and rose gold granules, a craggy texture to remind me of the dusty, rocky roads on the journey there, the irregular roundness of the hand made links and the mother of pearl to remind me of the moon on the desert sands. I used steel wool to bring out the soft gleam of sterling silver and did not, as I usually do in my work, apply liver of sulfur patination. I wanted that mesmerizing silver gleam.
Jewelry and adornments should be meaningful. One should have a reason to make or purchase and wear a piece of jewelry. Someone else’s concept of fast fashion is insufficient and to succumb to such notions is wasteful. Save the resources for something real, something to cherish. That’s all.
Charm Bracelet by Leaping Heart Jewelry