Shell Triptych Necklace
This striking collar necklace is sensuously tactile, deliciously textural and a feast for the eyes and the senses. I call this type of necklace a triptych - similar to a piece of art with the same name - a grouping of three pieces that are the same or similar or related in theme. The three shells are wrought in meticulously polished fine silver, recycled from industrial processes, and detailed on the reverse side - a delightful secret for the wearer (see last photo). The center shell, slightly larger than the two on either side, is set in the center with a vibrantly blue natural zircon, an increasingly hard to find genuine stone. The color reminds me of the color of the water driving along the Florida Keys - an exquisite greenish tinged blue.
The triptych pieces are connected with sterling silver to a strong yet still somewhat delicate sterling silver rolo chain with an extender for adjustability and finished with clear blue zircon faceted drop, making the necklace beautiful to look at from the back as well.
The center shell measures 1 inch (25mm) wide by just under 3/4 inch (19mm) tall with a 3/8 inch round blue zircon. The two shells on either side measure about 3/4 inch (9mm) wide by 1/2 (12mm) inch tall. The length of the triptych is 2 5/8 inches (66mm), the total length of the necklace is 18 1/2 inches (just under 47cm) long, it can be worn anywhere in between that and 15 3/4 (40cm) inches. The finishing drop is 1/4 inch (6mm) on all three sides.
A longer extender may be changed for the existing one if needed.