|Picture from Atlantis Hotel in Wyk, Isle of Föhr|
|Pebbles from the Isle of IonaAdd caption|
|Doodling, sketching, finding ideas|
|The copper and silver trays|
There were gorgeous serpentines, snow white round chips and lovely grey and white patterend pebbles. Immediately three of the grey stones with intricate patterns caught my eye.
|Ready to be filed into submission|
turning them into rings or single pendants. I started doodling and eventually, I thought of combining them into a single pendant: Three simple bezel trays joined together and complemented by a silver tube for a bail. As I wanted to show the connection between water (where the stones were found), earth (where they came from), fire and air (the way in which I work them), I decided to make the bottom of the bezels from copper which for me is very much connected to the earth and the bezels from fine silver. Considering the history and the many legends connected to the Isle
of Iona, I thought the healing properties of copper would show that connection as well.
|More filing and polishing to do|
joined setting. But in the end, the tray was ready to take the stones. That was the moment, when I learned a lot! A cut stone is usually even on the bottom and around the edges and once you've mastered the making of a bezel, you will be able to get it to sit nicely where you want it. Not so my three beauties. As smooth and even as they had looked when I started to work, as much resistance they put up when I finally wanted to smooth the edges around the stones. They were definitely trying to escape from their encasement.
I didn't want to grind or cut them; it would just not have felt right. After all, the idea was to turn the pebbles into a pendant just like they were. This meant another round of hammering and filing on the bezels, and - I have to confess - a dab of jeweller's glue on the smallest pebble, just in case, although I'm sure it was not entirely necessary.
|The final piece|
But in the end, decades after I had longed for a silver and pebble necklace, I had one made!