Penannular Squash Blossom Brooch

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Fabricated Sterling and commercial chain.  Approx. 2 inches.

The penannual and pin are forged out of square wire.  The hanging squash blossom or pomegranate form swings nicely.  This shape is found on Navajo necklaces, Pawnee earrings, and Mexican trousers.  A true classic.

cast brooch

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I can’t come up with a name for this one.  The primary piece is cast in Sterling using cuttlefish bone.  That means I carve a depression into the soft bone of a cuttlefish, then fill that void with molten silver.  That’s what gives it the organic look, and I left that texture visible.  The industrial look is via the pin back of 14k gold wire as it goes from front to back around a turned Sterling pulley.  This wire is not fixed, but floats in a hollow tube.

It looks good pinned to cloth with either end up.   It’s about 2 and 3/4 inches long.

penannular brooch

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Fabricated Sterling and fossilized ivory.  About 2 inches.  The ivory is secured with two rivets.

Penannular means simply, “almost a circle.”  It is an ancient design, but I’ve attempted to give it a non-traditional feel.

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