Leviathan, Spirit of the Deep
Recycled silver Half Crown coin, Spirit of the Deep
This fabulous whale necklace, inspired by my love of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick is crafted from a sterling silver Georgian Crown coin, dated 1890’s.
Once I have stretched out the Crown to the desired working shape, I sketch the design on with a fine-nibbed marker pen. I then embellish this rough sketch and use it as a guide line for my piercing-saw work and carving. From here, I file, sand, polish and finish the pendant with intricate traditional flourishing scroll engraving. Finally, I add an accompanying deep sea diver or fish at the hand-wrought ‘shepard’s crook’ safety catch.
Each set I make is completely unique, original and totally green. The silver Crown coins I use to make the Spirit of the Deep have become uncollectible due to wear and use over 100 years of trade. Important details to a collector are missing, rendering the coin ‘scrap’. This allows me the opportunity to create new, contemporary offerings, without consuming newly processed silver. The mining and processing of precious metals is extremely destructive to the environment. An unseen and little talked about unethical industry.
The ‘off-cut’ of the remaining silver coin is packed with the great Spirit of the Deep necklace for your interest and to keep its history, origin and story alive. If you liked this necklace, why not take a look at this sacred lotus?
Size : Whale approx 65 mm * 20 mm