The Mix Necklace by Shirley Price
This striking necklace features petrified wood containing opal that has been set in fine silver bezels and backs. The 'twigs' are made of sterling silver and the pendant also has the artist's signature single pearl.
Total pendant size is approximately 2.5" long. Comes on an 18" sterling silver chain.
Petrified wood containing opal is one of the most expensive stones available. Deposits in small quantities of opalized wood can be found in Arizona, Oregon, Wyoming, Indonesia, Russia, Mexico, Brazil. No two opalized wood pieces are ever the same!
Handcrafted by Shirley Price of Indio, California.
A cool elegance and soothing balance draws the viewer into Shirley's limited edition, fine silver collection. The Asian-inspired pieces announce the beautiful symmetry of line and color. Her designs express the visual and emotional relationship between the metal and stones, thereby establishing the best possible marriage of the two. They are the melding of contemporary with the best of heritage, delivering pieces that are commanding when viewed, dramatic when worn.
Free-form, hand-cut, hand-polished cabochons are selected for the depth of color and intriguing textures. These are set with fine and sterling silver. A single pearl on each piece has become my recognized signature. My pieces are often named for a virtue; grace, gratitude, joy, happiness, and peace.
Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, Shirley's artistic life path has taken many turns. Starting with knitting and selling baby booties, caps, sewing some of her own clothes at the age of 10, she has explored pottery, weaving, leather work, leaded glass and watercolors. Shirley recalls her mother saying, "Art is a story worth telling."
Shirley found her heart's story when she discovered precious metal work. Studying fabrication in California at the Irvine Fine Arts Center and the Revere Goldsmith School in San Francisco allowed her to hone her art. Drawn to the quiet balance of the Asian culture and inspired by beautiful colored stones gathered on trips around the world, Shirley creates her unique pieces "to reflect a woman's innate individuality, beauty and mystery."
Find more of Shirley's work here.