Friday, August 21, 2009

"Flame of Divinity": A cold connections, sterling silver, fine silver, Rhyolite, fresh water pearls necklace

If you want to see the image enlarged, click on it. This piece is based on the spiritual journey of a beautiful person I met online. She said she felt she was asleep for a long time spiritually, but has awakened now. She has been having beautiful spiritual experiences...her words glide like she expresses her thoughts to me in emails. I see this piece as the flame of re-awakened spirituality or Divinity in her...burning steadily, brightly. The old, battered feel of the antiqued silver around it, cold connected with brass tubes represents her human journey so far. Often even the most gentle human journey can be quite hard on the free Spirit that is used to no limits. The fresh water pearls are wrapped up with fine silver which has not been antiqued, to represent the pure glory of the awakened soul pouring out of this steadily burning flame. The pearls have different hues of earth and gold tones....very soft and gentle...very softly divine...very pure in their feeling. This piece represents you dear Cynthia.

I still have to make the clasp. But I am leaving for the back on Sunday and will complete it then :-).

I had this Rhyolite Cabochon with me for sometime. It looks like a perfect flame. When I saw it I loved looked like the perfect flame of Divinity. Each time I had tried to pick it up, it said, "No, not now" to me. But when I heard Cynthia's story, I knew the Rhyolite was for her. This time when I picked up the Rhyolite, it did not refuse.

An interesting thing happened in the meantime. The stone disappeared while I was working with the other orders. I looked everywhere. Made my hubby look too. Finally I asked the supplier if he could cut a stone exactly like this. He did his best to help. And he did cut an excellent Rhyolite cab...only, it didn't have the flame. So then I was gong to email Cynthia and apologize that I lost her stone..when I heard very clearly within my mind to go look in my dresser. I thought, "Yeah well, I have looked. So has hubby. So many times. It wasn't there". But the voice was firm, and yet gentle that I looked once more over there before I emailed Cynthia. I thought it didn't hurt to look. So I did. And to my utter was right there!!! Not even hidden under things. It was right there in plain sight in the middle drawer where I had looked so many times before. Hubby had looked too. We were both mystified....but I was very very very thankful!!! I guess the stone was truly meant for you Cynthia! :-)))


Ginga Squid said...

What a gorgeous piece - I love the style of it and the beautiful autumnal colours - and the stone - and the pearls! A lovely story behind it too.

And isn't your blog background SO cool? I'm very jealous.

Swati said...

LOL!! Vicky, I love the way you have written this comment! Thanks!! What a lovely compliment :-)))

Melissa said...


This is a fabulous piece. I love all your new work. You can no longer say that I am better than you as your skills and talent far outstrip mine in a heartbeat!

I miss you!

Swati said...

Thank you Melissa! That is very generous of you to say that I'm better than you...but we both know how utterly awesome you are!! (((hugs)))

Shay Stone said...

What a beautiful piece of work Swati! (just like you :P)

I am always so fascinated to see what you make along with the stories that have inspired the pieces. This is just wonderful! Love it:)

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Swati, this is so beautiful. Lovely work and a great story behind it.

Swati said...

Thank you Shay and Kathleen! :-))

Pat Atencio said...

Love your jewelry. I've been hearing the term "cold connection" often lately. What exactly is that? Where can I find instructions as to how to do it? I too make jewelry but nothing like yours.

Swati said...

Hey Pat,

I went to your blog, and followed it. Each and every creation of yours is beautiful! Its not about who is better than oneself..we all are so different in so many ways (and similar too in many ways), that our creativity and creations are different from each other too :-)). Your work is as beautiful as anyone else!

Cold connections is a way to join one metal part to another, without the use of soldering. No flames, no chemicals. There are various methods of cold connections. The one I am talking about is the use of tubes to join different parts by a method called riveting. Here is a book for you that teaches cold connections really beautifully. That is where I learnt how to make this particular pendant:

Hope to see more beautiful things made by you!! :-)))

Wishing you the very best always!

Misa said...

Swati, I'm completely drooling over the pendant! It's really beautiful and well made!

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