Everyone knows the cliché “busy hands are happy hands." The chaos and uncertainty of our world causes a desire to tame the wild. “Amidst the Madness” artisan pendant was borne out of the need to make sense in the maelstrom of chaos, to tame the beast, and to keep my hands and mind busy. Creating is a meditation – it takes total focus. So, I gave myself a problem to solve – build a piece that is simple.
“Amidst the Madness” is that experiment in simplifying my designs. I want to create pieces that are less busy, lending themselves more to daily wear. I love making the complex pieces, but find that they overwhelm some people. The simpler designs are no less stunning; they are just quieter.
Amidst The Madness Artisan Pendant Description
The central cabochon in Amidst the Madness artisan pendant is a form of porphyry, commonly called “Chinese Writing Stone. It is set in layers of textured fine silver and accented with a laboratory-grown emerald and 14k gold details. Wire woven details complete the composition. This artisan pendant has been oxidized to give a patina and lightly polished to raise highlights. As a bonus, this pendant also doubles as a brooch, which allows for options! This stone looks just as wonderful horizontally as it does vertically. The brooch can be worn in either direction.
Chinese Writing Stone Information
For you rocks geeks: Chinese Writing Stone (porphyry), is a limestone matrix containing crystals. It is called Chinese Writing Stone due to the resemblance of the crystal structures to the written characters of the Chinese language. The stone is found in both the Hunan Province of China and in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Porphyry is a term geologists use to describe igneous rocks that consist of relatively large grains or crystals that are surrounded by a finer grained material, usually called the groundmass.
Amidst the Madness artisan earrings are composed of a form of porphyry, commonly called “Chinese Writing Stone. The central cabochon is bordered with fine silver wire, a laboratory created emerald, and 10k gold accents. Layers of sterling silver form the dangle, which is embossed with Chinese characters mimicking the stone patterns.
“The only freedom you truly have is in your mind, so use it.”
― M.T. Dismuke