18K Yellow Gold with Pearls and Diamond Enamel Brooch/Necklace
This unique piece is created to be worn as a brooch or as a necklace. Handcrafted by Larissa to be a one of a kind masterpiece, this item cannot and will not be replicated. The process used to create this intriguing and eye-catching work of art is extremely precise and exact, making the recreation of this heirloom quality piece a near impossibility. The enameled artwork at the center is accented with the warmth and luxurious luster of 18K yellow gold flowers and vines. Completing this elegant and breathtaking design and adding a hint of brilliant vintage appeal, are three bezel set diamonds and two baroque pearls.
Larissa fell in love with the ritual aspects of the elemental processes of working with metal, glass, gems – making a precious object - capturing in that miniature fragment a timeless, magic quality.
As a student she found a strong sense of context for the history, art and literature she studied in her own personal history. With roots in Europe and the Middle East. Byzantine, Hellenistic and Egyptian artifacts are a part of her daily life. The European Renaissance, 18th Century enamels and jeweled objects, the Art Nouveau as well as Japanese Art made a deep impression on her.
She responded very strongly to the “abandon” in these works. Their creators used materials for their colors, qualities of light, texture - striving for the surprise, the impossible - these were their language. These strongly influenced her own “personal voice” in jewelry.
Larissa uses the classic themes of the nude, plants, birds and landscape as vehicles to explore forms, line and texture - always expanding further the possibilities of the enameling medium with its endless range of colors and the ability to play with light.