In the world of gravestone symbolism, ferns are used to symbolize sincerity, sorrow, and victory over death; I have found a few notes that two fern leaves on a gravestone indicates the struggle between destruction and creation, but these notes are infrequent.
The focal point of this necklace is the green coffin, cut from uvarovite garnet. This stone sparkles beautifully, as it's surface is covered in tiny crystals. Curling ferns seemed like a natural pairing with the green stone, with their appearance being reminiscent of filigree; these ferns surround the coffin on both sides. A tiny skull sitting at the base of the ferns on one side completes the design. The pendant is suspended from the chain by a loop on either side. The chain is finished with a hook clasp and has a faceted black spinel drop as an accent at the end of the chain. All of the silver has been oxidized, a process which creates the blackened or antiqued appearance on silver. The raised points have been polished to shine, while the low points retain the oxidized color to show off the depth and details. The pendant measures 1.25" tall and 1.5" wide at the widest point. The chain is adjustable, with wearable lengths of 17", 19", and 21". All metal used in this piece is sterling silver.
This item is already made, and will be shipped 3-5 business days after the payment is processed. Shipping options will be available to choose upon check-out.
A few notes on caring for oxidized sterling silver: oxidized patina on sterling silver isn't particularly durable to long-term exposure to water (like bathing or swimming) or a lot of scrubbing, as friction is the way to polish silver to shine. Constant exposure to tasks such as hand washing, bathing, swimming, washing dishes, etc., will slowly wear away the oxidized patina leaving a shiny silver finish.
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