This Emperor penguin pendant was a custom cloisonné jewelry piece I created for a client. My client wanted a special gift for his wife and it was my pleasure to be able to design and create a lasting sentimental jewel that would convey his love.
The penguin is such an amazing animal! As humans, we’re pretty strong and endure many hardships. But, the penguin has a pretty challenging life worth commemorating. They’re so resilient and incredible.
The Emperor penguin is the largest of his species and calls Antarctica home. They can reach up to 4 feet in height and weigh up to 99 pounds. The flightless black and white bird acclimates to his environment by stiffening his wings and flattening his flippers for the marine habitat where he thrives.
The penguin lives off the fish and crustaceans of the frigid Arctic waters. It is able to be submerged underwater for up to 18 minutes and hunt for its prey in waters over 1,700 feet.
The Emperor is the only penguin species to continue breeding during the Antarctic winter months. The female lays the egg while the male incubates and keeps the offspring safe at its feet. Once born, both the male and female take turns caring for their young.
Penguins can live up to 20 years in the wild, though some scientists believe a few can live up to 50 years.
In recent years, there have been concerns for our black and white feathered friends as global warming makes the sea levels rise and the Antarctic ice melts faster. As someone who loves our Earth and its inhabitants, this concerns me greatly and I donate a portion of my sales towards efforts to save our environment and the life within.
I’d love to share a poem about the Emperor:
The black and white Emperor
Holds his head towards the sky
And though he’s a feathered gent
He’d rather not fly
He waddles when he walks
And loves it when it snows
The antarctic is his kingdom
And the place he calls home
The Penguin makes a sound
Like a trumpet blowing in the wind
And this my faithful friends
Is why I love the Penguin
The Emperor is a royal friend
Who loves a winter stroll
He’s the envy of his Empress
And his chicks are safe near his toes
But their snow-white kingdom
Is disappearing fast
As sea levels rise
Snow becomes the past
It’s warmer than it used to be
But the sea is still his friend
His palace has not fallen yet
He believes the Earth can mend.
Let’s remember our endangered species. I donate a portion of my sales towards saving them!
I’d love to help out! Creating cloisonné jewelry that pays tribute to our environment and endangered species is something that has meaning to me. Whether it’s a pendant, ring, or earrings, I can design a custom jewel that has meaning to you.
Send me a request and let’s talk about your custom jewel project.
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