NEW HEBRIDEAN SEA JEWELLERY

FOR 2010/11

 

During 2010 Hebridean Sea Jewellery has been experimenting and developing a new range of Fine Silver Jewellery, inspired by our coast, it's fauna, and new beach-combing finds.

 

Our fine silver pieces are cast using a relatively new material to the world of silver-smithing - 'precious metal clay', a clay-like material which can be worked and fired to create pieces which are 99.9% pure silver, in comparison to sterling silver which is 92.5%.

 

Having made moulds from shells and sea-creatures (all of which were found on our North Uist shores), we form and fire pieces by hand. Because of this hand-crafted process, each piece is unique.

 

 

For interest - here's a little bit about some of the sea creatures featured...

 

 

Starfish

 

The underwater environment around the archipelago of the Outer Hebridean islands is an ideal habitat for a wide number of different types of starfish, especially the relatively deep and sheltered east coast. The common starfish (featured here) lives intertidally, often under boulders and amongst kelp, and feeds on crustaceans and molluscs.

 

 

Queen Scallop

 

These sometimes tiny and fragile species of scallop share the iconic fan-shape of their larger cousins the 'Great Scallop'. Adult queen scallops are free-swimming, but as juveniles attach themselves under rocks. During this juvenile phase they are particularly colourful, eventually culminating in a shared adult appearance.

 

 

Cowrie

 

We find these beautiful and much-loved shells on the west coast beaches, particularly after gales. Small but perfectly formed, they have a distinctive dusky pink ridged back (some with spots, others plain) and a pale clawed underside, making them stand out starkly against the fine white sand. Cowries live in shallow coastal waters and feed and lay their eggs on ascidians (sea squirts). Their young, when hatched, are pelagic, and drift at the whim of tide and wind.

 

 

Sea Urchin

 

The striking elliptical rotundity and delicate colouring of sea urchin shells - or 'tests' - is widely appreciated. Their colour ranges from pale pink, to red and purple, and their short spines are white with a violet tip. The sea urchin can appear gem-like in contrast to it's usual dark habitat of kelp and boulders. Sea urchins feed mainly on kelp, but are fairly omniverous - using their rasp-like mouth, known as 'Aristotles Lantern'. After death, their spines usually fall away, leaving a geometrically precise and beautiful pattern of tubercles on the shell.

 

 

Some specifications...

 

Cowrie Bracelet.

 

Bracelet centre-piece is cast in fine silver (999) from a native North Uist Cowrie. Diameter of plaque is approx 1.5cm, on a sterling silver (925) flat curb chain, total length of bracelet is approx 19cm.

 

Queen Scallop Earrings.

 

Earrings cast in fine silver (999) from native North Uist Queen Scallops. Width approx 1cm, hung on sterling silver (925) earwires.

 

Queen Scallop Pendant.

 

Pendant cast in fine silver (999) from native North Uist Queen Scallop. Width approx 1.5cm, hung on a 17" light-weight sterling silver (925) chain.

 

Wave Design Earrings.

 

Earrings cast in fine silver (999) and inspired by wave patterns. Diameter approx 1cm, hung on sterling silver (925) earwires.

 

Wave Design Pendant.

 

Pendant cast in fine silver (999) and inspired by wave patterns. Diameter is approx 1.5cm, hung on a 17" light-weight sterling silver (925) chain.

 

Sea Urchin (1) Pendant.

 

Pendant cast in fine silver (999) with impression texture (each one unique) taken directly from a native North Uist Sea Urchin.  Diameter approx 1.5cm, hung on a 17" light-weight sterling silver (925) chain.

 

Sea Urchin (2) Pendant.

 

Pendant cast in fine silver (999) from a native North Uist Sea Urchin.  Diameter approx 2cm, hung on a 18" heavy-weight sterling silver (925) chain.

 

Fish Pendant.

 

Pendant cast in fine silver (999) based on fish design.  Length approx 2.5cm, hung on a 17" light-weight sterling silver (925) chain.

 

Starfish Pendant.

 

Pendant plaque cast in fine silver (999) from a native North Uist Starfish. Dimensions of plaque approx 2cm, hung on a 17" light-weight sterling silver (925) chain.

 




Cowrie Bracelet.

Queen Scallop Earrings.

Queen Scallop Pendant.

Wave Design Earrings.

Wave Design Pendant.

Sea Urchin (1) Pendant.

Sea Urchin (2) Pendant.

Fish Pendant.

Starfish Pendant.

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