Hummingbird Enameled Necklace
One of my favorite birds is the Hummingbird. Acrobatic, tiny and fragile looking, yet so resilient, strong and fierce. It is so colorful, and the enamel jewelry artist in me had to create a handmade enamel jewelry piece to share. Once in watercolors, I knew I had to paint it in vitreous enamels, creating a colorful piece of cloisonné jewelry.
Taking my painting, of lines and colors, into my studio, I used 24k gold wire to recreate the cloisonné lines. Then applying the colorful enamels on the fine silver for that sparkle of brilliance. Slowly adding layer after layer, using my Japanese enameling brush, just a few grains of enamels per layer and firing in the kiln each layer, to create beautiful depth of the colors.
The reds of the flowers depict my love and passion for our beautiful and colorful planet. The blues of the sky show how tranquil I feel when I spy this bird. Yet, the blue also depicts the hummingbird’s strength and hardiness, which I respect about it so much. To complete this handmade enamel jewelry piece, I added a garnet, set in 18k gold, to dangle below, representing the flight of this intrepid avian.
This unique jewelry design is found nowhere else. Being able to create enamel jewelry that is one of a kind is my passion.