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SALE: Reduced to $195, originally $247.
This is one of those stone pendants by Gary Wilson, famous lapidarist from Tucson, that just blows me away. It's so remarkable looking that it stands on its own and I have a hard time deciding how to make it into a piece. The stone itself is called Chinese Scenery Stone and is a one-of-a-kind pendant full of rich, subtle desert colors. It's quite large and almost perfectly flat, except for its gently rounded edges and hole, and it feels very pleasing to touch. The shape is bold, but the colors and texture are reserved, a very successful combination. The stone has a slight ring to it, so I'm guessing it's a type of jasper.
As it happens, I found beads that are such perfect complements for its colors, they appear to have been made for it: tiny bronze seed pearls, faceted pyrite, and African trade brass. These wink and glimmer, in a repeating pattern, along the endless strand. One of my all-time favorite resined elements accents the strand: a tiny pyritized fossil ammonite encased in crystal-clear resin inside a bronze bezel that is open to the front and the back. The resin on the back side has a matte texture that still allows the ammonite to show through, and the resin on the front is domed to magnify the little fossil. This rests about at your collarbone when wearing the piece, and it's very cool. Two larger, oval faceted pyrite beads serve to accent the other side of the strand.
I named this one for the colors because it reminds me of the colors of the earth around Cerrillos, an old mining and railroad town not far from here. The shale and sandstone terrain are just those buff-yellows and greys, and there's an antique feel to the metallic colors that evokes this old village, now home to assorted artists and iconoclasts.
Wear this one out on a special evening, or wear it everyday if you like making bold statements. It's big but never gaudy, and will work well with restrained earth tones, black, and ivory.
Size: 20" from the top of your neck to the base of the pendant. The total length of the open strand is 32 1/2". The stone pendant measures 3" x 1 3/4" x 1/4".
Care: Wash in lukewarm water and hand dry. The matte surface of the stone can absorb stains and oils more easily, so be careful of this. If soiled, clean with mild detergent and a soft scrub brush or pad. Burnish the metal beads with a silver polishing cloth if desired.
Cerrillos Hills will arrive giftwrapped in a hand decorated reusable box, along with a handwritten descriptive label.