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Hope in the Desert 254 by Zorias Hope in the Desert 254 by Zorias
Piece # 254 "Hope in the Desert"
A Zoria's Creation. Krista DeSelms © 2013

So I was looking through my works last night and I realized I've been wire wrapping so little (mostly because of the lack of cash for wire) that I haven't wrapped a piece of Labradorite since last July... So I got out my stone stash and picked this beauty out of the pile and wrapped it. It felt so good to wrap, I love doing this so much, I just wish it weren't so expensive (or I wish for more sales? :D) to make high quality jewelry. I've even restrained myself from buying cabochons, so far this year I've only bough one. ANYWAY, enough moping. I had a ton of fun wrapping this piece and I hope you all love it as much as I do, it's a little ostentatious around the top but wonderfully so :D

Labradorite wrapped in square Gold Filled wire.

Labradorite is a feldspar mineral which occurs in large crystal masses in anorthosite rock and shows a beautiful array of colors. These colors are shown in a chatoyant way, an optical phenomenon in which the hue of the stone changes color or flash according to the angle from which the surface is viewed. Labradorite comes in all sorts of shades and colors; most common are blues, greens, golds, and oranges.

Gold Filled Wire is not the same as Gold Plated. Gold Filled is an actual layer of gold pressure bonded to a base metal. Gold Filled Wire has over 100% more gold than Gold Platting does. Gold Filled is much more valuable, won't chip away and is more tarnish resistant than plated. Anyone who can wear Gold can wear Gold Filled without worries of allergic reactions to the jewelry.

In the notation 14/20 the 14 refers to the gold being 14k and the 20 refers to the law that to be labeled "Gold Filled" the weight of the wire has to be 1/20th gold. All Zoria's products that have Gold Filled wire is at least 14/20 quality or better.

This piece is for sale here:!store

Yes, I do custom work.

:butterfly: Krista

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I think this piece is beautiful. I like the way the ornate top echoes and extends the fracture lines and colours of the stone. The organic flowing lines add softness to the piece.

The plain square wire around the sides prevents the ornamentation from overwhelming the beauty of the stone itself, framing without detracting, and provides textural contrast to both the top and the lines in the stone.

Soft and rounded without being ornate, the simple wrap at the bottom balances the piece and keeps it from being too plain, adding interest in metal where the stone darkens, and keeping the eye from dwelling on the top.

Overall, this piece is a study in contrasts beautifully balanced.
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Zorias Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)

:butterfly: Krista
sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
You're very welcome:)
IndigoOfTheHeavens Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Its GORGEOUS! I love how the blue and black in the stone makes you think of deep water in a crack and the rest of the stone clearly looks like cracked dry desert ground! Its PERFECT and the title is SO evocative! And love the gold around it and how its all done and spiraly too! <3
Zorias Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ha haa, thank you very much for the compliments :)

:butterfly: Krista
IndigoOfTheHeavens Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student General Artist
NP ^^ It's just my thoughts actually. :) I just wanted to say them and all! ^^ It so beautiful man~ :)
HalenActtic123 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
yes u are true it is hope of desert
Zorias Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ha ha, thanks :)

:butterfly: Krista
meks-the-gypsy Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
After browsing around in your gallery, I think this one must be my favourite piece of yours! I love the colours, I love everything, its so elegant :)
Zorias Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ha haa well thank you very much :) I'm glad you took a look around, this is one of my favorites too. I'm a little sad, I sent it to a sales rep to show to boutiques on the east coast, so I won't get it back until next year... I hope it gets me into some shops out there but wish it had a home too, that probably sounds silly. :p

:butterfly: Krista
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