sterling silver, Smalti Filati, linseed oil based clay, beeswax, resin
High in the sky colours flash in the distance casting their light into the atmosphere, the Aurora is on full display no matter the phase of the moon. Shifting, in constant movement, a riot of colour against the inky black of space. A riotous landscape, a dance, a fluid and magical spectacle for any who are there to witness it.
This piece is made using a craft called micromosaic, an ancient specialty that truly made a name for itself between the 17th and 19th centuries, the Grand Tour period in Europe.
Micromosaic is made from hand pulled glass called 'filati', which means thread in Italian. The craft originated in Italy, developed by secretive glass families there to make copies of important religious paintings and create trinkets for tourists but earlier examples using stone still exist from as early as the byzantine era.
The filati is cut into tiny pieces called 'tesserae (pl.)' and placed individually on their ends to create a tiny mosaic. The entire piece is then sanded to create a flat surface, and finished with beeswax and resin. It is an incredibly time consuming but rewarding process, especially when combined with creating my own one of a kind vessels for the glass. They take on a painted effect when viewed from a distance and display beautifully.
These pieces have been designed with ears in mind and are less deep to ensure earring fatigue is minimized when being worn. Each piece in this collection is made with Canadian sterling silver and Italian smalti filati.
Aurora can be cleaned with a polishing cloth on the metal parts only and should not be dipped in silver cleaner or water. Keeping them in the included bags with anti-tarnish paper is the best way to keep them fresh when they aren't being worn.