Mermaid and Swan "The Gift" Bracelet in Sterling Silver
A Mermaid receives a precious gift from a swan as she rests on the shore after a storm has past. This bracelet features a unique tail and splash closure that is attached by four strands of high quality sterling silver chain, as well as the beautiful central scene depicting the story.
Many interpretations are possible in this mystical piece of jewelry; I originally thought of this piece from a purely romantic point of view, but just as the piece was nearing completion there was a sailing accident, my husband was aboard "WingNuts" in the Chicago to Mackinaw Race when it capsized during a severe nighttime storm and two sailors and close friends were lost. Then the bracelet became to mean much more. The moon peaking out from the clouds as a storm has past, as well as the wave rolling onto the shore. Even more poignant is the grace of the swan delivering the souls of the two lost sailors into the safe keeping of the mermaid's care.
I started by creating a detailed pencil drawing to refine my idea and layout the proportion of the piece. The next step was to sculpt everything in wax, this was a very time and labor intensive process; including applying one scale at a time on the mermaid and each feather of the swan. While great attention was given to such details, I also took great care to ensure the musculature was accurate and the overall design pleasing. When sculpting was complete it was cast using the lost wax method in sterling silver. A patina was applied in two parts to give some areas a darker finish than others, providing for contrast and interest. Four strands of high quality sterling silver chain were soldered to the central scene linking it with the unusual tail hook and splash catch. This was followed by hand polishing and an application of Renaissance Wax to protect the finish and guard against tarnish.
The Mermaid and Swan panel of the bracelet is 2 5/8 inches long by 1 3/8 inches tall, the tail and wave clasp when joined is 1 3/16 inches tall by 3/4 inches wide. The bracelet is available in 7, 7 1/2 or 8 inch lengths and I accept special orders if you need a specific size.
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