This custom designed and hand fabricated pendant is a beautiful blend of skilled Etruscan Revival and contemporary statement art. The resplendent hue of 22k gold houses a rare Sleeping Beauty Turquoise oval cabochon. The gemstones rarity is due to its scarcity today making this piece highly desirable for both its substantial weight of 12.55 cts as well as its quality of color and smooth surface.
Adorning its edges are floating Mint Green Tourmalines and brilliant white Diamonds set into 22k granules, defining the silhouette with additional color and sparkle.
This pendant brings confidence and time-honored elegance to any chain. Layer with your other favorite necklaces of varying lengths or slide it on a chunky chain for a singular statement.
chain sold separately*
Sleeping Beauty Turquoise 12.55cts or 12 x 23mm
Mint Green Tourmalines 0.24 ctw
Diamonds 0.11 ctw
Metal Purity: 22k yellow gold, 18k yellow gold
Measurements: 2″ L x 7/8″ W x 3/8″ D
Zaffiro Jewelry is the ultimate in the fine art of Granulation. Handcrafted in Oregon by Jack and Elizabeth Gualtieri, their timeless award winning designs appear in national exhibitions, books and in the collections of fine jewelry lovers everywhere.
“We want people to have not only an aesthetic connection with our work but also some kind of metaphysical or transcendent connection,” Elizabeth adds. “We want our jewelry to be a manifestation of something beautiful inside the person.”
The technique of granulation dates back to the third millennium B.C. and is a decorative process that consists of applying miniature spheres of gold to a surface creating a pattern. For centuries, scholars and metallurgists were baffled in their efforts to discover the secret for achieving granulation without the use of solder. “There are a limited number of artists because it’s so labor intensive,” says Elizabeth. “You have to do it full time to be proficient, or you lose your touch. It takes even longer to become an expert and there’s a steep learning curve.”