Tourmaline Bulb Necklace

Christie Calaycay's clean, modern pendant beams with a thousand watts of style.
created by

Christie Calaycay

$98.00

Christie Calaycay created by

Christie Calaycay

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Shine On

It's not easy to come up with bright new ideas in jewelry, but Christie Calaycay of Asheville, North Carolina, has done it with this necklace, which mixes metals and gemstones in an original way. Reminiscent of midcentury Scandinavian design's brilliant fusion of organic materials and shapes with clean, modern lines, it's also a visual pun, with tourmaline standing in for tungsten.

"I wanted to highlight tourmaline because of its beauty, many healing properties and positive effects, by having it shine like a 'bulb,'" says Christie. She makes each necklace entirely by hand, from first sketch to final craftsmanship, by forming bronze wire into a bulb-like shape and accenting it with sterling silver, all framing a beautiful pink-and-green watermelon tourmaline. Beam with a thousand watts of style and bask in compliments every time you wear it.

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Made in North Carolina

Christie Calaycay

created by

Christie Calaycay

location

North Carolina

Christie's work is inspired by the graceful quality of nature, paying close attention to the patterns and structures it contains. These aspects combined with clean lines, texture and mixed metals framed in modern simplicity create intricate yet subtle designs. All pieces are entirely by hand, from first sketch through final craftsmanship.

Christie uses traditional metalsmithing techniques including piercing (sawing) all cutouts by hand, forming, forging, hard soldering, textural hammering, and riveting. Various metals are combined in order to enhance organic qualities and natural appearance. In a sense her jewelry is meant to ground and connect the wearer to nature and the environment.

Christie has been designing and making jewelry for 15 years. Having an education in Cultural Anthropology and Art History and work experience documenting folk artists and cultural traditions in Mississippi and Louisiana, she knew it was fate that brought her an offer of an extensive apprenticeship with master jeweler Diannah Beauregard. Combining this invaluable experience with years of self-teaching, experimentation, and workshops, Christie has furthered her knowledge of working with silver and gold, and refined her craftsmanship. Christie's studio is located in Asheville's River Arts District.

Handmade Made in the USA
Made from
sterling silver, bronze, watermelon tourmaline
Measurements
Pendant: 1.5" L x 1" W; Chain: 18" L
Care
In order to help minimize tarnishing, keep in an airtight bag with an anti-tarnish square.
Item ID
42990

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