Fine art jewelry comes from a long established tradition of handmade jewelry works, made primarily by designing jewelry artists. This type of jewelry is considered to be a form of small wearable sculpture. Sacre Bleu! Gallery is located on the banks of the Mississippi River in historic Clarksville, Missouri. Each piece created at Sacre Bleu! is limited edition and one of a kind, and transforms the wearer once is is put on the body.
This piece, entitled “Rising Light” is from their Moderne Collection and is an asymmetrical fantasy cut of heliador set into a striking sterling silver pendant and surrounded by heavy opalite beads. Heliador, a precious gemstone also known as golden beryl, was discovered in Namibia in 1910 and is still mined today in Brazil and Madagascar. Opalite is a semi-transparent, man-made stone created in such a way as to be slightly hazy and irridescent. It has a color play of yellow and mauve-blue and is reminiscent of opals and moonstone.
I have worn this piece and was both surprised and delighted upon placing it across my shoulders, to discover the sheer weight and presence of its beauty. As it settled onto my body, I felt as I imagine Cleopatra might when adorning herself with heavy and intricate pieces we often see in Egyptian records. You have no doubt of its beauty and presence.