Decadent Deco Pendant (1)
This one-of-a-kind pendant features a natural gemstone of glowing Rosarita. The stone has been bezel set (wrapped in silver) and framed in geometric textured stamping to compliment the stone. With an oxidised background (blackened) this stones vibrance really pops. It is difficult to capture the exact colour as these stones change depending on the natural light, but they appear almost like deep red glowing embers. The design was inspired by my enduring love of elegant Art Deco’s sleek geometric forms combined with some Art Nouveau long sinuous organic lines all combined with a little romance.
This piece was incredibly enjoyable to create. Layering, hand-stamping, sawing, texturing, soldering, and polishing are just some of the steps taken to bring it to life. Each process done with care and accuracy to create a piece that will last a lifetime.
Dimensions – This pendant measures approximately 40mm high X 16mm wide (at its highest and widest points) Created entirely from reclaimed and recycled Sterling Silver, The Gauge (thickness) of the backing silver is 1.2mm making the piece strong and durable.
Rosarita is a unique material, which derives its exceptionally rich, red colour from the process of gold refining. It is a unique by-product of the 1960s and 1970s gold refining processes. Alaskan beach sand was smelted for its gold content and the slag by-product was Rosarita, which is essentially a gold-infused glass. The base material for Rosarita is silica (which is quartz particles) mixed with gold at high temperatures.
Old processes prior to 1960 used the old method of open crucible and fire (infused heat) to smelt the sand, leaving behind a glassy-like material in the crucible, which is known as slag. This gold slag was used in the 1940s through 1970s for jewellery, carvings, flint napping, etc. This material known as Rosarita is some of the most exceptional coloured gold slag ever produced. Most other slag were mostly red in color but not nearly as vivid as the magnificent Rosarita.
Rosarita is no longer produced because of improved efficiency in gold refinement. Modern processes extract nearly all of the gold out of the sand, leaving an un-remarkable clear glass slag without the deep red colour that makes Rosarita so beautiful.
Made with lots of love, care, heart and soul.
This pendant is ‘ready to go’ so please enjoy prompt shipping!
RGSilver Products always come packaged which is also perfect for gift giving.
This pendant comes with a fine, excellent quality sterling silver chain. (you have a choice of lengths)
My Makers Mark and a Sterling Silver 925 Hallmark are on the reverse of this pendant.