Steel Wreath Pendant

November 2011
18 karat yellow gold, carbon steel

My girlfriend mentioned in passing one day that she really liked the look of wrought iron. Her birthday was coming up, so I made a mental note of it and came up with this simple but striking pendant of a blackened carbon steel wreath set off by a nugget of 18 karat gold set in the center, hung on a plain 18 karat bail. I'd never worked in carbon steel before, so twisting and forming the wreath was a learning experience. I like to (very melodramatically) say that the piece represents her as the shining center in the swirling blackness of my world... to which she just rolls her eyes.

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