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THE OCEANIDS


Blue Drusy Chalcedony, 
Sterling Silver, 
Moonstone beads, 
Blue Chalcedony beads.

An 18" long interchangeable necklace 
with a carved 
Blue Drusy Chalcedony slide pendant 
(material from Turkey) 
as the centerpiece, 
set in Sterling Silver with carved Faces 
representing the "Oceanids," 
nymphs of the Oceans, 
from ancient Greek mythology.

There are 16 twisted strands 
9" long of Moonstone, Blue Chalcedony 
baroque beads and 
Blue Chalcedony briolette beads, 
with 3 Sterling Silver clasps.  

This necklace is part of the "Silver Faces Collection",
 which premiered at the 
Carnegie Museum 
Gem & Mineral Show in November of 2005 
honoring the show theme Silver.

Helen's latest theme series,
The Silver Faces Collection,
 features beautiful carved gems, such as Blue Drusy Chalcedony,
and sculptured Sterling Silver centerpieces,
which she carves by hand in wax
and then casts.
These unique pieces are inspired directly from her sculptural work.

"During a trip to Singapore, Helen explains,
a brief encounter with the gigantic,
age-old, eternal mangrove trees
 left me with strong impressions and
provided the inspiration for a series of sculptures.
The twisted and swirling branches,
tangled, stilt-like roots with turns and kinks,
the large knuckles and rope-like or cable twines,
and the gnarled trunks are the perfect backdrop
for my
distorted, often preposterous and exaggerated "Faces".
These inflated, rogue faces take the shape of mythological creatures,
 nymphs, people, spirits, masks of the underworld and the living".

 

Silverwork cast and set at Annapolis Precious Metals (APM)

 

Photos by Michael J. Colella

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