Storm Clouds Pendant - Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
*Design 1 is sold out*
I let these adorable howlite cloud cabochons tell me what they wanted to become. They begged for raindrops, so I stamped them, and while doing that, I remembered I had tiny brass lightning bolts! I then decided that something should hang beneath...something like a puddle. So I searched through my stone stash, and the clear faceted crystal quartz cabs were the obvious choice! But what message stamped beneath? I then remembered a line from a poem I had read, but couldn't remember who wrote it or what it was called.
Into each life some rain must fall.
I googled the line, and discovered that it was from an 1842 Longfellow poem called "The Rainy Day", but it was also the title and line from a song sung by Ella Fitzgerald and the Inkspots back in 1944. I think it's a wonderful line, and a good motto to live life by.
Of course, apropo to that motto, the cloud cabochon on one of the pendants cracked just as I popped it in to its bezel. (Design 2) It's secured, and isn't going anywhere, but it was like....well, damn of course this would happen! So, that is why one necklace is discounted significantly! I think the wearer might take solace in knowing that as true as those words are, she wears with pride the mutuality of the statement for everyone, including the artist who created the jewelry!
The entire pendant is fabricated and cut from sterling silver sheet. There are 2 layers of sheet under each stone. Designs around the bezels and under the quartz are hand stamped. The lightning bolt on the front and the raindrop on the back are brass. All components have been sawed out by hand, soldered, filed, buffed, oxidized, tumbled and polished. A lot of work lovingly goes in to each piece!
The pendant is suspended from an 18" oxidized sterling silver rolo chain, and finished with a lobster clasp closure.