Cloisonne jewelry piece – Cloisonne enameled rays set in an 18k gold pendant.
Swimming with Rays is such a joy. They are elegant, undulating like the waves. Watching them on top of the water, they blend in with the curves of the land and sea, fitting so perfectly, becoming one with their surroundings. If you are lucky enough to spot one buried in the sand, their eyes are mesmerizing. I decided to commemorate the Rays in a one of a kind jewelrypiece, and set about drawing my idea in pen and ink. I wanted to include my idea of the Ray being one in the Web of Life, fitting flawlessly within the contours of the hillsides and ocean waves. Once I had my vision down, I painted it out, using watercolors, and then took it to my goldsmith studio. Recreating the pen and ink lines in 24k gold, I laid the vitreous enamels into each cell. Layers upon layers of enamel were fired onto this piece, giving it depth and movement. Once satisfied, I set it my jewel in 18k gold, finishing this stunning piece of cloisonné jewelry. This unique jewelry design is found no where else, as are all my jewels. Being able to create enamel jewelry that brings awareness to the environment is one of my passions. My other passion is our environment. I have made a pledge to donate a portion of all my proceeds to Greenpeace, Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, World Wildlife Fund and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. If you’d like more information on Greenpeace, you can go to this link: http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/. If you’d like more info on Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, you can go to this link: http://www.oceanfutures.org/about/jean-michel-cousteau. If you’d like more info on the World Wildlife Fund you can go to this link: https://www.worldwildlife.org. And If you would like more info on American Association for the Advancement of Science, you can go to this link: https://www.aaas.org. If you would like more info on Stingrays, go to this link: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/fish/group/stingrays/.