Cady Carlson Necklace
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Cady Carlson Necklace
Designer MSRP: $1,950.00
This necklace was crafted in rhodium-plated Sterling Silver, with an 8-sided sterling snake chain to imitate the geometric nature of the design. This necklace features a variety of responsibly sourced gems, including an 8mm Oregon Sunstone, two 3.5mm Montana Sapphire Hexagons, two 6x3mm Brazilian Fire Citrine Baguettes and two 3x1.5x1mm Australian Sapphire Tapered Baguettes.
Due to its delicate nature, the bolo's tension mechanism is designed for the wearer to use the sterling clasp once everything is positioned to their liking. The bolo and chain ends were designed in CAD and then vacuum cast. After hand-setting and polishing, the entire piece was rhodium-plated for final shine.
Total Necklace Weight: 6.65 dwt / Chain Length at Longest: 24.5 inches
This piece was inspired by the MJSA Responsibly Sourced Design Challenge Story
As I was pulling together my notes for the project, I started thinking about what Lorna’s life has been like. She grew up in California during the 1960s and had activist parents. She seems like she would have been a bit rock ’n’ roll in her younger days, which makes me think she would appreciate a modern looking piece.
I also thought about the connection between Lorna and Jackie and I wanted to express their shared family history with the stones. The idea of family connections made me think of the double helix shape of DNA. I didn’t want to literally create that shape but instead create something inspired by it with the stones.
I settled on a necklace design that I felt Lorna could wear in her day-to-day life. Instead of referencing Lorna’s love for the past, I created a modern bolo, where the stones, like Lorna and Jackie, come together in the center. Set in thick prongs that are faceted to match, the stones are arranged on a chain with silver facets on the ends. I also added a few enameled bezel accents along the chain for some additional color and interest. It’s an elegant piece that could be worn to work or charity functions but also casual enough for daily wear.
Cady Carlson Dill is the owner of Cady Carlson Designs in Tulsa, Oklahoma.