I stopped counting my time invested in this piece at 50 hours. When I made it I was not sure it would work until I could try it on (at the very end, after 50+ hours). I wasn't sure if it would fit or lay right on the neck. I just had to be confident in my design. I was so excited when I put it on and it fit like a dream. When you wear it you can feel the weight, it is cool, and conforms to your neck. I imagine it is what an ancient queen would have felt as she adorned herself with jewels.
The back starts with two opposing sides, black and metallic. As you move from back to front these two sides start to blend together. The necklace is reversible, silver and black on one side brass and black on the other.
I hand cut each circle with a jewelers saw and made each metal jump ring. There is over 20 ft of wire in the jump rings alone.
Argentium silver does not tarnish as easily as regular sterling, but it does need to be polished every now and again. The brass tarnishes easily. My intention was to let the brass patina, let it look like antique gold, let it age. The silver should be sparkly;)
This necklace is meant to be a show stopper. It is meant to make you feel like royalty. When you wear this it's the only piece of jewelry you need.
Collar is approx 4"W
Brass, Argentium Silver, Sterling Silver, Walnut Veneer (blackened)
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*Caution: Wood is an organic material and may cause allergic reactions in some people. Although this has only happened once in my experience, it is still something to be aware of and take seriously. The website listed below has a great deal of information about this topic but is specifically geared towards body piercings where the wood is worn inside the body. www.organicjewelry.com/woodhazards.html
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