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Opulence Collection | Silver, Turquoise, Apatite, Opal Pendant

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This turquoise and opal pendant with apatite is from the Opulence Collection. The framework and chain of the piece are made from Sterling silver with a dark patina applied to the surface.

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This asymmetrical pendant is from the Opulence Collection. The framework and chain of the piece are made from Sterling silver with a dark patina applied to the surface. The binding and weaving are done with fine silver without a patina in order add more color contrast. The stones included in this pendant are turquoise, apatite and Ethiopian opal.

Design Details

The framework and chain of the piece are made from Sterling silver with a dark patina applied to the surface. The binding and weaving to set the stones are done with fine silver without a patina in order add more color contrast. The stones included in this pendant are turquoise, apatite and Ethiopian opal.

This pendant is about 22 mm tall (7/8 inch) and 21 mm wide (7/8 inch) at the widest point. It is attached to an 18 inch oxidized silver cable chain.

Turquoise

Turquoise is a form of hydrated copper and aluminum phosphate. It tends to form in dry desert areas deep underground. Turquoise has been a part of human adornment for thousands of years. Archeological evidence suggests that Chinese artisans were carving it as long ago as 3000 years or more. Also, it is a birthstone for the month of December.

Follow the link if you want further information about turquoise. About Turquoise

Apatite

Apatite is a widely occurring green mineral, consisting of calcium phosphate with some fluorine, chlorine, and other elements. I chose to use it in this design for it’s attractive bright green color.

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About Apatite

Ethiopian Opal

Opal is a multicolored precious gemstone formed by rainwater that deposits layers of silica into the cavities of underground rocks. Ethiopian opal specifically, has been available since its discovery in 1994. It is somewhat more translucent than its opaque Australian counterpart. I chose to use it in this design for its dazzling play of color when the light hits it from different angles. Opal is also a birthstone for the month of October.

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About Opal

About The Opulence Collection

All of the pieces in this collection are inspired by a larger piece that I created for the 2018 Artsthrive Exhibition and benefit at the Albuquerque Museum. I decided to make an entire series perpetuating a similar aesthetic, due to the original piece being met with such a great response. That one-of-a-kind piece is called “Opulence No. 1” and it can be seen on my Art Jewelry page.

The pieces have a light feel to them, and they are bright with color and contrast. Many of the stones I use in this collection are faceted. Consequently the pieces catch even more light and brightness.

Jack Boglioli

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Jack Boglioli started creating jewelry in 2008. During a 7 year period of self learning he practiced the techniques of binding and weaving precious metals, exploring what was possible to create using almost no tools. At that time, he says, “I became captivated by the level of focus and precision this process demanded, and the intricate layered textures that it could produce in a finished piece”.

Journey to New Mexico

After moving from New York to New Mexico, he received formal training in traditional jewelry making at Central New Mexico Community College, in 2015. Today, his goal is to achieve a seamless integration of traditional metalsmithing techniques with the binding and weaving methods he became so enamored with from the start. He explains:

“All of my designs incorporate special binding and weaving techniques executed with thin strands of fine silver and high karat gold. I use these methods to embellish a piece, bind multiple components together, and trap stones into a fabricated framework. The beauty of woven silver and gold is incomparable, especially when it is used to set stones. From closeup and far away it tends to draw the viewer in, to experience it’s finer details. I strive to showcase this beauty, while maintaining the structural integrity and elegance of a well crafted jewelry piece.”

Design Process

Every piece begins as an idea in the shape of a particular form, technique, arrangement or combination of colors. I often work those ideas out through a series of rough sketches in a notebook. The good qualities of all of the rough sketches are then brought together to make a finalized design, drawn to scale. I use the final design as both a visual rendering and a functional blueprint for the creation process.

In 2018, Jack was named “Jewellery Designer of the Year – USA” by U.K. based LUX Life Magazine.

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