Buy that someone special in your life something as original as they are with this one of a kind sterling silver and pearl necklace. This uniquely textured heart pendant comes on a 16 inch strand of freshwater pearls alternating between a round 2mm white pearl and a teardrop shaped champagne pearl. All metal components are sterling silver. The pendant was created using a process known as cuttlefish bone casting. Cuttlefish bone casting is an ancient technique that is fairly simple, but it is often difficult to get the desired results. The bone in the body of the cuttlefish is slightly flat and oblong. A piece of this bone is cut in half and sanded so the two pieces fit together smoothly to create the mold. The design is then carved into one side of the soft cuttlefish bone to create a negative space. A paintbrush is used to sweep away any debris left in the carved area. This also helps to emphasize the texture created by the cuttlefish bone. The two pieces of bone are then bound together with wire to hold them together taut.
Next the metal is melted and poured into the cuttlefish mold. During the pouring process the heat of the metal destroys the mold, providing only one chance to have a successful pour. If the metal does not travel all the way through the mold one must start again from the beginning with a new piece of bone. Depending on the complexity of the design, cuttlefish bone casting can be a difficult process filled with trial and error. With the current options available there are easier and more effective ways of casting. But the amazing textures created by the variations in the cuttlefish are hard to duplicate with any other process.
Each purchase is shipped in a black velvet gift bag.
Height Without Bail: 1.25″
Necklace Length: 16″
Champagne Freshwater Pearl Teardrops
White Freshwater Pearl Round 2mm
Sterling Silver 925