Silver Pendant with Turquoise Inlay
This is a Sterling silver, vertical-style, pendant I made, beginning with smelting the silver and creating the 20-gauge sheet metal back, and the 12-gauge hand-pulled square wire for the walls. Once everything was soldered together, I filled the three chambers with turquoise chips and filed, sanded, and polished the pendant.
The pendant is hallmarked as 0.925% silver and bears the GG "Gracie" chop on the back. The pendant measures appx. 7grams with the inlay and measures 49 x 8 x 3 mm (h*w*d). There are a few minor (barely visible) cosmetic flaws where the solder didn't flow all the way through the metal causing some fine lines to be visible on the sides and front. A Sterling silver ring was soldered to the top of the pendant.
The chain is made from Argentium silver (0.935%) which is similar to Sterling silver but is tarnish-resistant and, like Sterling silver, is hypoallergenic. The chain measures about 22" in total length made from 18ga Arg wire, formed into 4mm links, each link in the chain hand cut and assembled.
Please note that this piece is all one-color silver - picture enhancements to the original photo make it appear as if the silver chain is a different color from the pendant but I assure you, it is the same.
This is an exclusive piece that I will not be making, or offering for sale, again.