Medallion Necklace

scan0092This gorgeous piece was handmade by Susan Torchia. I think I’ve mentioned taking a jewelry class she taught. She makes jewelry from an array of found objects: old vintage jewelry bits and pieces, wire, glass and wooden beads, sometimes leather, driftwood, feathers, yarn, various metals, etc. They are all so original and wonderful. This one is a big piece of shell about 3 inches wide which she covered with some silk or rayon fabric. Then the vintage metal daisy brooch with rhinestones and pearls, copper wire, and a curvy bit of copper mesh. Oh and the back is covered with a piece of soft brown suede from her “grammy’s” stash.  I would call this a “statement” necklace. This and a veiled hat and you are set to go!