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petal necklace

by Vanessa Gade
Handmade
Community Voted
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  • the story

Grown Together

San Francisco-based artist Vanessa Gade turns the interplay of pendant and chain into a dynamic sculptural statement. Inspired by her city's inherent dualism, marked by powerful its feats of engineering (like the Golden Gate Bridge) and it's peaceful Southern Californian shorelines, Vanessa captures this rich and varied landscape in the motion and tension of her bold, kinetic pieces.

While in most necklaces, pendant and chain function independently, in Vanessa's jewelry, both pieces are integral to the form, function, and visual impact of the finished piece.

In this particular necklace, an organic form evoking a tender petal or droplet is articulated in 14K rose gold vermeil and sterling silver and interlaced with a crisscrossed 14K gold-filled chain that glides fluidly with the wearer's movement. The unique relationship between the different parts of Vanessa's piece emphasizes their dependency on each other in a romantic and beautiful way, evoking our deep connection and reliance on those who support us. Handmade in San Francisco, California.

  • details
Handmade
Community Voted
Item ID
21911
Made from
silver, sterling silver, vermeil, 14kt gold
Measurements
Pendant: 1" L; Chain: 18" L
  • the maker

Vanessa Gade

It was Vanessa's passion for history and photography that initiated her path to jewelry design. While studying to become a historian at the University of California, San Diego she volunteered to help construct the new darkroom on campus, directly adjacent to the metalsmithing studio. Fascinated by the tools, stone, and molten metal, she wandered inside and never looked back.
Bold, kinetic and sculptural with an elegant interplay of angles and curves, Vanessa Gade's jewelry makes a contemporary statement balanced with timeless style.
The diverse urban landscape of Sand Francisco provides the ideal creative backdrop for Vanessa's work and can be seen in the architectural qualities of her jewelry designs. The structural nature of her pieces is gracefully countered by a fluidity and movement influenced by her love of the ocean and her youth along the beaches of Southern California.
She describes her work as contemporary, with clean lines and a minimalist aesthetic reminiscent of Japanese and Scandinavian design. Particular pieces have been inspired by everything from art deco architecture, ikebana flower arrangements, suspension bridges and even criss crossing power lines. Her designs tend toward an asymmetrical pattern encased within a perfect circle.
She enjoys the challenge of creating a perfectly balanced geometric structure that still maintains an element of movement, all the while utilizing the negative space as an integral part of the design.

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Q and A

When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

429votes, 42 comments

Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

We love that the chain is such an important part of the design of this handmade necklace. What's your favorite thing about this uncommon piece?

Megan
Vote: Thumbs up!

It's very unique yet beautifully simple. I would worry about the price though.

Sarah
Vote: Thumbs up!

Beautiful! Very unique.

Taya
Vote: Thumbs up!

LOVE this design!!

Sarah
Vote: Thumbs up!

I love this necklace. It is pretty and unique. Would look great with a flowy summer dress.

Erika
Vote: Thumbs down!

I like the shape, but not crazy about seeing the chain in the center. I think if the chain was covered by maybe some sort of tubing (metal or plastic) that matches the whole thing it would look nicer.

Linda
Vote: Thumbs down!

It does not appeal to me. I go for more romantic soft styles but the 1st thing I noticed was that chain. I really dislike it. I think you could set it off more with a more detailed chain.

Jennifer
Vote: Thumbs up!

Very pretty and unique! I would think a must-have for any friend who lives in San Fran - great symbolism behind it. Just looking at it, I'm not *wild* about the big X the chain makes - it would be very helpful to see the necklace on a model.

Lois
Vote: Thumbs down!

Not interesting. Doesn't say "petal" to me. Looks more like a railroad crossing teardrop.

Jennifer
Vote: Thumbs up!

I'm on the fence. I like the artistic design, but maybe a gem or bead in the center would be more appealing.

Dusty
Vote: Thumbs up!

I've never seen this design. it's eyecatching

Gary and Jean
Vote: Thumbs up!

I love the simplicity of it!! It can be worn with anything by anyone.Very nice piece.

Kristin
Vote: Thumbs down!

Depending on how easily the chain slides through those holes, this looks like something that could get tilted to one side or another too much as the chain moves around during the day. It also just doesn't appeal to me - it seems unfinished.

KATHY
Vote: Thumbs up!

I LIKE IT. IT'S JUST DIFFERENT.

kristen
Vote: Thumbs up!

I like the design but would like to see how big the pendant is in relation to my neck. I would also like to see it with a longer chain.

Pamela
Vote: Thumbs down!

I think I would like this better if the chain were not in the middle

Sarah
Vote: Thumbs up!

Very unique

Kip
Vote: Thumbs down!

I like the shape of the metal piece but the chain is too coarse. I feel like the chain should be more delicate.

Kathryn
Vote: Thumbs down!

While the petal shape is beautiful, I don't like that the chain is crossed and then lies across the bottom of the pendent. I feel as this would weaken the chain significantly the more it is worn.

Elisse
Vote: Thumbs down!

Elegant, but not really my style. I might buy it for a gift, however.

JL
Vote: Thumbs down!

I get the dualism/contrast idea, but am not into the sleek petal and "rugged" chain... As others mentioned, the X is a bit off-putting. I like how the description mentions engineering/shorelines as well as our fluid and binding relationships -- I just don't see those ideas represented here.

Kendell
Vote: Thumbs up!

I think this design is unique and beautiful.

Kirsten
Vote: Thumbs down!

The chain criss-crossing in the center is distracting and seems cluttered. I'd like it much better if it slipped through the top of the necklace cleanly. Also, it looks like a teardrop, not a petal.

Alyson
Vote: Thumbs down!

It kind of reminds me of shackles. Not very appealing.

Lauren
Vote: Thumbs down!

While the necklace is nice, it is not something that would stand out to me. Also, being in gold, I would imagine the price may not be in the range that I was looking for.

Eugenie
Vote: Thumbs up!

Simple and beautiful. I think that the chain going through the middle makes it interesting.

alena
Vote: Thumbs up!

Love how the elements of the chain and the pendent join together, it would look good with a mixture of metals or maybe different designs from the threaded chain.

Jennifer
Vote: Thumbs up!

i like the look of this but i wish it came in white gold as well

Wendi
Vote: Thumbs down!

I agree with Erika, i don't like to see the chain thru it. And i don't like the chain either.

Jessica
Vote: Thumbs up!

The interdependence between the necklace and the chain is truly breathtaking. I love the idea of the chain moving through the teardrop patter as the wearer moves about their day. It draws the wearers attention to the interconnectedness that surrounds us all on a daily basis in a beautifully crated way.

Kristen
Vote: Thumbs down!

When you need to know the backstory to "get" the work, it's just not worth it.

danielle
Vote: Thumbs down!

A nice idea but the execution just isn't appealing. Maybe in a different combination of shapes.

Lauren
Vote: Thumbs up!

I'm a stone setter

Casey
Vote: Thumbs up!

I love this. Such a unique design. The mix of different color golds is definitely the "in" thing lately.

Bridget
Vote: Thumbs up!

Beautiful. I would worry a little on the price though.

Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

What other shapes would you like to see, Danielle?

Vicci
Vote: Thumbs up!

LOVE tHIS1

Alex
Vote: Thumbs down!

I really want to like it because I like the concept. The execution leaves something to be desired. The chain looks cheap and a worry that it would move around all the time and get tangled.

Carolyn
Vote: Thumbs down!

The chain is too coarse. The elegance of the petal form becomes leaden with that chain. Otherwise, it has potential.

Karen
Vote: Thumbs down!

Love the teardrop shape, but hate the chain crossing through the middle. I would be forever adjusting it.

Jeanine

Love this.

Paula

I think all the explanations are a bunch of hooey, but I like the looks of the piece. Thumbs up.

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