Metalsmithing Challenge: Blue Eye Sterling Silver Pendant with Lapis and Topaz

Create mesmerizing sterling silver pendant with lapis and a topaz teardrop

By Michael Paone

Eyes are compelling: when we see an eye, we feel an irresistible urge to look. That is true for representations as well, making the eye an exceptionally strong design feature that has been used around the world and for thousands of years.

ABOVE: The Blue Eue sterling silver pendant project appears in Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, March/April 2018.

Often said to be the window to the soul, eyes are symbolic of “clairvoyance, omniscience, intelligence, light, vigilance, moral conscience, and truth,” as detailed by the University of Michigan Symbolism Project. Looking someone in the eye is a western custom of honesty.

In this way covering of the eyes, by wearing a helmet, sunglasses, etc. can mean mystery, not seeing the complete truth, or deceit. However, in other cultural contexts the obscuring of the eyes can convey respect . . . or modesty and submission . . . The eye often means judgment and authority.

metalsmithing: Blue Eye sterling silver pendant with lapis lazuli and topaz

Blue Eye sterling silver pendant (back) with lapis lazuli and topaz, from the March/April 2018 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist

Jung considers its original symbol as the eternal bosom with the pupil its ‘child.’ It is the place where love begins.”

Use the description of how this sterling silver pendant was made to re-create this design, or modify it to produce your own. It will surely draw the eye of anyone who sees it.

What You Need

Skills
Intermediate to advanced metalsmithing
Soldering
Stone setting
Texturing

Materials
lapis lazuli
blue topaz, 2 ovals
sterling silver plate
sterling silver wire
pure silver wire

Tools
soldering setup, files, jeweler’s saw, dapping tools, Foredom or polishing wheel, polish, liver of sulfur

MICHAEL PAONE is a jewelry designer and lapidary artist. As the head of Lauratas, Inc., he creates one-of-a-kind jewelry, and with his wife Nancy, imports high-quality jewelry from Bali. They do most of their business as fundraisers and intimate home shows. See more of his work at www.lauratas.myshopify.com.

See more from this issue in the March/April 2018 Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Lookbook!


Learn more about making sterling silver pendants and other metalsmithing projects with these resources!

 

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