in that part of the morning before the light truly begins, in the dim and early glow, a river babbles and laps the shore of a forest.
the river is quiet, it's deep residents still. nothing is awake from her neighbour to drink from her shallows. even the birds aren't awake yet.
only the plants are witness to the hour and they wait for the sun to bring them the next part of their cycle.
the river is there to make sure they have enough to drink, she sustains the forest and all her creatures, she shapes the shore to ensure her perfect fit, but it is the sun that fulfils the other half of the equation.
she loves the sun, the way it covers her in glittering brilliance that causes any who look upon her to be dazzled, to blink away the brightness in the way she moves.
the river understands the balance of fire and water.
this is a sterling silver piece with hand laid micromosaic.
the inlay is hand cut glass places piece by piece to make this riverside scene.
the pendant is 2.7cm across and 3.7cm hanging from a chain.
this piece will come with a 22" sterling silver rolo chain.
micromosaic is an ancient art form. examples dating back to the byzantine era have been discovered intact with the same scale of tesserae that are used in modern examples.
micromosaic were especially popularised during the 17th and 18th century when young well-to-do europeans would embark on the grand tour. small works of art, usually depicting scenery or religious iconography were made as micromosaic and adorned everything from jewellery to snuff boxes to small decor like tables by secretive artisans in italy. glass families created the filati (the thin, delicate strands of enamel glass used in this craft, the word literally means thread in italian) using their secret formulas for colour to make unique combinations and shapes for their micromosaic artists.
even today the media for this craft are difficult to procure and the ancient method is prohibitive to learn due to the lack of educational materials. It is still a secret art, and a laborious one.
looking at each finished piece up close you can see the different tesserae, the name given to the individually placed pieces of glass. each tesserae is the broken end of a tiny piece of glass filati, placed on it's end into a specially blended clay. the tesserae need to be pushed right up against one another to form tension in the finished piece. once the clay dries out the raw ends of the filati are painstakingly, and gently, ground by hand to make a matte, flat surface. several diamond grits are used to make a smooth finish which is then covered in natural, local beeswax. the beeswax is scraped off and buffed.
due to the nature of hand made and hand pulled glass there are often imperfections in the filati, these are visible on the surface of all micromosaic works and add to the beauty of the handmade process.
micromosaic should never be worn to bed or in water.
the glass surface should be left as undisturbed as possible to ensure a long life to the wearer.
try to avoid dropping these pieces on hard surfaces.
micromosaic jewellery should not be submerged in silver dip or other sterling/precious metal cleaners.
a polishing cloth can be used on the metal parts but not on the glass surface. avoid the glass surface with rouge based cloths.
store your micromosaic sealed in the included plastic bag with the anti tarnish paper when they aren't being worn.