Russian Filigree, and Hollow Constructed Amulet, Suspended from a Roman Chain
22k Gold, Sterling Silver, Fine Silver, Holly Blue Agate
Titanium Bonded Chalcedony Drusy
3-1/2” long x 1-1/4” wide x 1/2" deep, chain
adjustable to 22"
© 2004, V. Lansford
piece was featured in Metalsmith magazine's 2007
Exhibition in Print.
I started this piece (it took 6 months), I knew 2 things,
that it was to be an amulet, and the I wanted to construct
the outside similar to the shape of Indian love temples. Everything
else came intuitively, not as flashes of inspiration, but
as subtle thoughts and abstract ideas of which I did not realize
the significance or even the form until afterwards. The chased
eye pattern on the front I mentioned on the page for Temple
of Love. I made that piece during the time I worked
on this one and chose to do the same chasing on the front
of it. The eye represents awareness and knowing.
I shaped the frame wire for the moving figure inside, I was
aiming for an abstract shape that went with the overall design.
As I began placing the tiny filigree wires, I realized that
I had created a figure praying. What more appropriate image
for the inside of a love temple? I then realized the piece
reflected my ever growing understanding that love is not something
we find, but something sacred, something we already are,
therefore, the word I chased on the inside back, the word
that the figure faces, is "amour."
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