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“Summer: Wildflower Meadow Under a Midday Sky” Necklace. $2,000.

The most vibrant spirits of the warm winds dance all season long. This is the best of the high-country Summer: wildflower meadow under a midday sky, an emerald earth and a turquoise expanse alive in the silver light. With this necklace, Wings calls the flowers to dance once more, from the earliest days of spring to the very end of Indian summer, robed and shawled in their finest dress. The oversized pendant is cut entirely freehand of solid sterling silver, shaped into the graceful looping arcs of a giant prairie blossom. Each of its eight outstanding “petal” cabochons,  each an oval of high-grade malachite spectacularly agatized and scalloped in extraordinary patterns, is ringed with a flowering, radiant sun motif. Single wildflowers swaying atop graceful stalks are stamped freehand in a random pattern all across the pendant’s face, twining around the square center cabochon of intensely-hued chrysocolla in malachite and fluttering between the petals. Each cabochon is set into a scalloped bezel and trimmed with twisted silver; the pendant backing is buffed to a rich, velvety Florentine finish, as soft as the summer breeze. Small matched blossoms trace the simple, lightly-flared bail, through which are strung a phenomenal mix of graduated beads: ultra-high-grade chrysocolla, solid and heavy, alternating with malachite cube beads and silver-plated large rounds, extending upward on either side into more malachite cubes interspersed with deep blue turquoise orbs and small but solid sterling silver rounds and tiny indigo apatite spheres. Beads are strung over extra-sturdy tri-ply foxtail made of heavy nylon specially treated and encased in metal, then silver-plated for color matching; findings are sturdy sterling silver assemblies. Pendant including bail hangs 5″, 4.25″ excluding bail, and is 4.25″ across at the widest point; the bail is 3/4″ long by 9/16″ across at the widest point; center cabochon is 11/16″ square; cardinal cabochons are 1″ long by 1/2″ across; ordinal cabochons are 3/4″-7/8″ long by 7/16″ across; bead strand is 22″ long, excluding findings. [All dimensions approximate.] Designed jointly by Wings and Aji; third in The Four Seasons Series. Additional close-up views of pendant and strand shown below.

Sterling silver (setting and findings);
malachite; chrysocolla in malachite (pendant cabochons); tri-ply silver-plated foxtail (to hold beads);
chrysocolla; silver-plate; malachite; sterling silver; turquoise; apatite (beads)
$2,000 plus shipping, handling, and insurance

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