CIRCLE OF DOLPHINS:
I grew up with images of dolphins everywhere. My mother adored dolphins and so they were in every room in our house. So, it was no surprise when I started drawing dolphins as a pen and ink artist. When the direction of my artwork transformed into cloisonné jewelry, it was natural for me to create a piece celebrating dolphins.
The beautiful blue greens of the ocean are what I see on my dives in Hawaii. The varying hues of blue are just how the sun plays on the surface of the dolphin as they swim past me, often 100s at a time. They are a precious and integral part of our beautiful world. I feel it’s of the utmost importance for us to take care of our waters, for our generation and for the future of our children. Wearing this gold enamel jewelry helps to bring the awareness to you and to all who see you wearing it.
Did you know Dolphins are a widely distributed and diverse group of aquatic mammals. They are an informal grouping within the order Cetacea, excluding whales and porpoises, so to zoologists the grouping is paraphyletic. The dolphins comprise the extant families Delphinidae (the oceanic dolphins), Platanistidae (the Indian river dolphins), Iniidae (the new world river dolphins), and Pontoporiidae (the brackish dolphins), and the extinct Lipotidae (baiji or Chinese river dolphin). There are 40 extant species of dolphins. Dolphins, alongside other cetaceans, belong to the clade Cetartiodactyla with even-toed ungulates. Cetaceans’ closest living relatives are the hippopotamuses, having diverged about 40 million years ago. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolphin
Determined to bring awareness to the importance of our waters, not just for us, but for the dolphins, I have created this unique jewelry design, my own drawing, making this one of a kind gold jewelry pendant. Applying the 24k gold wire for the lines of my drawing, on to the fine silver, was the initial step. Painstakingly adding the fine grains of enamel, no more than three at a time, was the process I liken to painting on a canvas. I add depth and contrast, bring it alive and make it vibrant with these enamels.
This cloisonné enamel jewel is set in 18k gold, and measures 1.5 ” x 1.5”.