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What You Don't See 232 by Zorias What You Don't See 232 by Zorias
Piece # 232 "What You Don't See"
A Zoria's Creation. Krista DeSelms © 2012

Well, this has been my biggest challenge to wrap as far as cabochon shapes go. For about a year I've been on the hunt for a true "Crescent Moon" shaped cabochon, and having no luck finding them. So I finally asked around my lapidary friends and sure enough, a good friend, Jim, volunteered to try the trick of making me one. I, the ebay challenged, went on there and bought myself a nice Pietersite slab and Moonstone rough. Jim did his best for me but the Moonstone looked him straight in the eye and told him "No Jim, I will not be a cabochon of any sort!" Had a hissy fit and shattered, this is due to my stunning ability to buy rough. Anyway, the Pietersite was a beauty and she was so much more cooperative.

So Jim took the Pietersite and out of his diligence and hard work came this absolutely gorgeous crescent moon cabochon :D Yey Jim!!!

Which, I in the past two weeks have attempted to wrap…. Yes, attempted, with success!!! …. the second time around. Anyway, with no further a due I present “What You Don’t See” Enjoy!

Pietersite wrapped in 21 gauge, square and twisted, Argentium Sterling Silver.

Pietersite is a brecciated gemstone. This means that after its original forming the gem was broken apart, sometimes by heating and mangled, reshaped and brought together with quartz, sealing its transformation. The original form of Pietersite is that of Tigers Eye, which is why Pietersite can be found with so many colors in it, ranging from light and dark blues, fabulous yellows and golds and deep reds. These are the natural colors Tiger Eye can take and in turn can be brecciated into the same but more mixed up colors to form Pietersite. Where Tiger Eye stones are very uniform, usually with the chatoyancy all moving in one parallel direction Pietersite has a more chaotic look to it, shine and patterns going every which way. Pietersite can be found in Nambia and some areas of China, though the mining of it has slowed and its become a fairly rare and valuable stone.

Argentium Sterling Silver is the highest quality of Sterling Silver available today and is highly tarnish resistant. Sterling Silver is 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. Argentium is actually 93% silver with the remaining 7% a mixture of Copper and the element Germanium which gives it a higher tarnish resistance and less people are allergic to it than normal Sterling Silver.

Yes, I do custom work.

:butterfly: Krista

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"What you Don't See" is visually balanced with the placement of the Argentium wire and silver beads. The only concern I have are the three curves of wire towards the end of the crescent; to me it seems to be making the piece slightly off-balanced. I think it should be closer to the middle of the gemstone, but since the wire is weighing down on the hanging end of the crescent I can see an authentic and more original approach.
Crescent moon jewelery is popular, but not original. However, you have demonstrated persistence in making a Pietersite gemstone crescent, which isn't something every jeweler attempts to do. In the end your friend did a great job.
The technique is distinguished, precise, and the 21-gauge wire is manipulated expertly. The wires don't show stress, which tells me you bent the wires carefully with little mistake.
The impact of this piece is from your choice in material, and determination to have the Pietersite a crescent and knowledge of the Argentium sterling silver 21-gauge wire. Although the piece is more aesthetically designed, the materials used show your time and effort to making something genuine.
Overall I truly enjoy this piece. What I like most is the title, it's very thought-provoking and has made me look at your piece more analytically than with other pendant pieces. I look forward to seeing more of your work.
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amandaowl Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
great job
Zorias Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)

:butterfly: Krista
stardarknight Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Love how this turned out. Good wrapping and a gorgeous cab =)
Zorias Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!

:butterfly: Trista
thewolfstreasure Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Really cool!
Zorias Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! :D

:butterfly: Trista
LadyTigerLiLy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very pretty! I love the color of the stone and the organic flow of the overall piece. :aww:
Zorias Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much, it means a lot :)

:butterfly: Trista
LeonieZurakowsky Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012   Digital Artist
Gorgeous piece! :D
Zorias Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D

:butterfly: Trista
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