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'Red Poppy & Sante Fe Dreams''Red Poppy & Sante Fe Dreams''Red Poppy & Sante Fe Dreams'
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#301 'Red Poppy & Sante Fe Dreams'

The muse behind 'Red Poppy & Sante Fe Dreams' is the beautifully rendered scupltural lampwork red poppy bead by a talented American lampwork artist. In composing this pendant, I wanted to use the traditional colors of the Christmas season, but with a non-traditional, non-denominational slant.
 
Aside from the glossy, gorgeous poppy bead is an elegant and some say, sacred turquoise faceted briolette from the famed Sleeping Beauty Mine in Arizona. Used for years by the Navajo people of the area, the turquoise brought up from the rich depths of the earth is some of the most compelling and beautiful. I use one of them in 'Red Poppy & Sante Fe Dreams.'A wonderful & curious mystic portal clear encased turquoise/red lampwork bead is companion to the handsome, large round lampwork bead which reminds me of Hudson Bay trading blankets of the Pacific Northwest and round out a First Nation's theme to this piece in another approach to the upcoming season of spirit and holidays. Keishi lustrous pearls, a chunky Baroque pearl, AAA grade blue fire moonstone, sterling droplets & beads & organic lampwork, a sculptural lime green leaf and a thick quartz faceted briolette finish 'Red Poppy & Sante Fe Dreams' which is connected on a hand-wrought wax-rendered sterling silver bail. A final touch is a sterling heart charm with a subtle swirl of silver, remind one how energy enjoys a nice round shape, sound and home in our cosmos.'Red Poppy & Sante Fe Dreams' is strung & knotted on a 22 inch leather cord, however the bail can accommodate many widths of chain, ribbon, flax and other stringing materials.'Red Poppy..' is a companion pendant to a Luxe bracelet currently for sale by the name of 'Tuolumne..'
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'The Seal at Fern Harbor''The Seal at Fern Harbor''The Seal at Fern Harbor'
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#22411 'The Seal at Fern Harbor'

Some of my most prized sterling charms & findings are those done by a renowned silver artist who works in the 'lost' wax technique. Her work is superb and adds a rouge character to any design. As such, I lucked into this very solid little fellow - a beautifully abstract sterling seal. I have been waiting for just the right composition to include him in and I think I have found it in 'Fern Harbor.' I made up the name, 'Fern Harbor,' since the bracelet reminded me of the lush harbors and marinas of the Pacific Northwest where ferns drip from forested hillsides at the water's edge. Then I Googled 'Fern Harbor' and found that there is just such a place in Alaska! I could not have been more pleased - it is in Glacier Bay National Park, a place I have had the great good fortune to explore with my children for a solid week of near solitude on a private charter, dropping in and out of sheltered bays and seeing the famous glaciers up close, along with the bear and mountain goat.
 
In any case, 'The Seal at Fern Harbor' is a blessed piece, a piece de' resistance, a tour de force of colors of sea & forest, sky and fern and most especially the extraordinary lampwork beads which were created by 7 different gifted glass artists both here and abroad.. The focal lampwork lentil beads are by the esteemed artist, Catherine Steele, one of my favorite glass artists. When this set of beads arrived, I just about fell off my chair. These are the beads of summertime at the sea, rich & detailed tidepools under glass with sand, surf and sea urchins and dots of shining sterling. She calls them 'Ocean Within' and I can't think of a better name. They are so magnificently done; as if the sea is alive under the layer of clear, glossy glass. Sharing the 'stage' are equally imaginative beads by another American artist whose signature design is what I call, 'mystic portals,' that is, thick, encased glass over a core of color(s) and detailed on the surface with scrolls and chunky 'portals' of glass. They are beautiful and curious to look at and feel so good to explore and touch. Other lampwork beads by more cherished, gifted artists are as follows:* Organic rounds in blues & turquoise 
* Glossy fern green hollow round orbs, like vintage Japanese fisherman netted, round floaters  
* Transparent turquoise fillegree lampwork rounds done in swirls of rich glass color 
* Turquoise polka dot discs 
* 3D petaled lampwork flowers in shades of blue 
* Two stunning etched seashells done to perfection by
 C. Steele 
* Two larger drooping bluebelles in cobalt blue and a lighter shade from a talented Israeli artist 
* Lampwork green leaves 
* The large focal 3D flower in blues & lime green (TDF!)
 
Aside from this magnificent blend of artisan glass, you will also find faceted green amethyst and iolite nuggets, Swarovski crystals in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes, artisan sterling silver tube beads, a lighthouse charm and of course, the seal charm. Hilltribe & Bali sterling silver rings, pins, daisy spacers punctuate the piece throughout and finally a thick, sterling square Bali silver toggle clasp. 'The Seal of Fern Harbor' measures 7.5" in length and can be resized to any length without sacrificing design. 'The Seal of Fern Harbor' is an elegant, lyrical & beautiful piece in colors at once vibrant and alive reminding us all how wondrous our world is and how fantastic it is to be a part of the magical 'blue planet,' and most especially the sea and the deep majesty & mystery of our forests.
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