About the Item
This necklace features a cluster of three gold-filled Gingko leaves with a 24" gold-filled, adjustable chain. The leaves are patterned on the leaves from a gingko tree near Blackwell's home. Traditionally, the gingko symbolizes strength, grace, and longevity. This is because of the four gingko trees that survived the atomic blast at Nagasaki, Japan, when everything around them was destroyed.
The pendant is 1.75" (45mm) long and 1.62" (40mm) wide. The chain is 24" (60cm) long and can be shortened by hooking the fishhook clasp into any of the chain links.
About the Artist
Metalsmithing is a second career for Blackwell, after a 40-year career as a professional musician. In retirement, she started exploring visual art in metalsmithing. She has loved studying stylistic periods in visual arts just as she had earlier studied these periods from the music perspective. Much of Blackwell's work is botanical and organic in subject, with more recent abstract explorations. She credits her study at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for encouraging her work and providing a foundation for her development of a body of work and the establishment of her jewelry business, Berkshire Creations.
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Donated By Deitra Blackwell