The Preying Mantis
This captivating piece was designed by master sculptor and my colleague of many years, Jason Bakutis. It was cast and finished as with all my offerings, in NYC. The piece measures 2 3/4 inches across. I comes on a sterling silver Figaro chain at the length you choose. I think it looks best at around 20 inches. That puts it high up on the chest on most people but feel free to measure and I will cut the chain to size. A clasp will be added for shorter chains.
The preying mantis gets it name from the ancient Greek word for prophet. The Chinese venerate it as processing courage and fearlessness. Though it is a commonly held belief that the female will eat the male upon the completion of the up to 24 hour coitus, it happens only in some cases. Some researchers suggest it is because the female is famished. Others because it improves the chances of fertilization. I wonder when the males will increase their chances of survival by bringing snacks.
Here is a link to the shop listing : http://www.etsy.com/listing/91816033/preying-mantis-mates-in-sterling-silver
Saturday Dec 3rd Craft Market
Selling in Soho Sat Nov 12th
Blue in a fashion blog
I finally got back out on the street selling my work in Soho around Spring and Prince Streets. I didn’t sell a whole lot on my first day out BUT this really sweet Korean fashion blogger just had to take a pic cause he liked my style so much :)
Steampunk Wedding Rings
This very detailed industrial styled rings are an original design. They are carved in wax, cast in silver and set with a lovely 4mm pink tourmaline and red garnet gems. The pieces are oxidized black. The H1 G1 diamonds are bezet set in two specially carved ports. I was really happy with the way the diamonds “pop” when set in black. I personally select the stones by hand from reputable gem dealers. Other stones are available so if you have a favorite please convo me.
These rings are also available in non blackened polished sterling. Here is a link to that version : http://www.etsy.com/listing/80055474/ladies-diamond-steampunk-industrial-ring
I can of course cast these pieces for you in white, yellow. or pink gold. Platinum is likewise an option.