I've never put so much thought and time into a piece! I almost don't want to let this one go, but I am in business to create and share, and selling is part of the big picture, so here it is. Mermaid pieces are nothing new for me, but I wanted this one to be really special and tell a story. I imagined Amphitrite, the Queen of the Sea, when she hid away in Atlantis because Poseidon wanted to marry her...as the legend goes, Delphin, the god of the dolphins, came to find her and bring her to Poseidon. Later on, she was said to have given birth to dolphins as well as her other merchildren. I had hand-cut these sterling silver dolphins from a cuff (another listing) that I made, and I wanted to use them somewhere special. My brain just started going crazy putting them together with the Amphitrite story, and this piece grew from there. My pendant base is an antique doorknob escutcheon that I've had for a few years just waiting for the right piece to be inspired. The center flower with the tiny blue beads is also vintage/antique-a button. There are many vintage bits in this piece, and they include a tiny baby clothes button made of mother-of-pearl, another old button that's serving in this story as a shipwreck coin (It's got another vintage piece on the back to make it pretty from both sides!), and rhinestones from other old pieces of deconstructed jewelry. There are natural shells from the sea, freshwater pearls, abalone shell beads, Swarovski crystals and other glass beads for sparkle at the top (sea bubbles!)...and at the bottom dangles a dark blue sparkly bead that represents "the deep blue sea." Up near the back closure, I've hung a copper tag that says "DOLPHINS sterling" so that future admirers will realize that the dolphins are indeed sterling silver. (I didn't mark them on the backsides because the stamp distorts soft silver and shows through on the front, which I didn't want, plus one would have to pull them off to see a stamp.) It's finished with a bronze colored toggle closure at the back of the neck. The decorative part of the necklace spills down over seven inches, with the main escutcheon part measuring over five inches. Each little dolphin measures approximately one inch long. Chain measures 24 inches. Mixed metals.
The beautiful background is artwork from In the Land of Elsewhere...she hangs above my workbench in the studio and is a CONSTANT source of inspiration. As you can see in the last picture, I also have a bracelet and some earrings that would be beautiful when worn with this statement necklace. I don't say this about all of my pieces, but this one is an art piece art, an investment piece, that will never be recreated...a definite one-of-a-kind.