Glimmer, Russian filigree amulet


Russian filigree amulet with chasing and kum boo, suspended from a Roman chain

18K, 22K, 24K gold, sterling, fine silver, Koroit opal, Biwa pearl

Glimmer, Russian filigree amulet

18″ x 3-1/2″ x 3/8″

photo by Pat Vasquez-Cunningham

The front of the Russian filigree amulet, with its crescent window, opens to reveal the 24k gold sunburst inside that is surrounded by a patina of color. The edge of the amulet is hand chased. The back is chased with the text: “The glimmer of light that illuminates the horizon,” is from a song lyric by Willow Pearson Trimbach, chosen to reference my love of the last flickering light of multi-hued sunsets. The Koroit opal is a light blue of exceptional depth with swirls of pink and lavender that echo such sunsets.

As a child, sunset was my most favorite part of the day, when a crescent moon was visible and the last remnants of late evening, summer light allowed me to stay outside just a few minutes longer. In those moments I could usually be found in the swing or under a tree in my backyard or at my grandparents’ house. While most of my family was obsessed with gardening and looking down, I always had an eye to the sky in the secret hope I might one day go to the moon.

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