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Jewelry - Sterling Silver
The famous Cartier snake necklace designed for the Mexican actress Maria Felix in 1968 was the inspiration for this unique necklace. You can see a picture of it at http://www.diamonddivas.be/index.php?id=35
I drooled over Cartier�s necklace for a long time until finally; during my casting class I had the opportunity to make my version of it. This necklace is a great 25th anniversary gift.
I used the Lost-Wax method. I carved the snake head, small part of the body and tail from wax and commisioned casting of the carved pieces in solid sterling silver. I then cleaned, polished and constructed the rest of the necklace. Two 4mm �new blue� grade AAA topaz semi precious gems make up the snake�s eyes.
I looked for a long time for the right combination of beads to make up the body and create the feel of the 2,473 diamonds used in Cartier�s version. I achieved my goal using Bali Silver tube beads and Swarvoski Crystal silver-plated rondelles.
Figuring out the mechanics of the necklace was no small task either. The necklace is strung on 16 gauge sterling silver wire that resembles the snake�s tongue and serves as the clasp in the front.
The necklace is 18 inches (45.7 cm) long and the tail hangs approximately 2 3/4 inches (7 cm) long from the last rondelle.
Additional pictures are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/zeba_collection/
April 11th, 2010
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