Rumi’s Luminous Confections, Eastern repousse and keum boo necklace with scrollworked bezel connections
22 x 1.875 x 0.5 in
Sterling, 22k yellow gold, 24k gold, rainbow hematite
Photos Pat Vasquez-Cunningham
Each Eastern repousse segment was freehand forged individually, framed in planished round wire, and highlighted with 24k gold keum boo. Each rainbow hematite was set in a 22k gold bezel with sterling, scroll-worked wire to add space and light for contrast. The repousse shapes are inspired by ‘rumi’ designs in Islamic art. Like an ‘arabesque’ is an abstracted leaf, a ‘rumi’ is an abstracted bird or insect wing, and also the name of a 13th cent., Persian, mystic poet, Jalaluddin Rumi. As the necklace came together, my further abstracted and three-dimensional forms reminded me of chocolate confections, sprinkled in with gold and colored sugars – a tribute to a poet who wrote of light and love.
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