Radiolaria Magdalena

Sherry Cordova


Sherry Cordova Jewelry
Sunnyvale, CA, United States

5.2 x 5 x 0.9 cm

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Madgalena Radiolaria on Siphonophorae Necklace

Ernst Haeckel’s drawings of microscopic Radiolaria were re-drawn, modified, enlarged, digitized and laser cut. Each rough-cut layer of the brooch/pendant was hand finished, textured, and rejoined with industrially produced stainless steel screws and nuts as a subtle reminder to the wearer of our effect on even the smallest of life forms. The oceanic colored stones are Smithsonite and Aurichalcite are from the land locked Kelly Mine area in New Mexico where an ancestor once worked. The stones are captured between the layers with tension created by the screws and nuts joining the layers.

The Argentium silver necklace represents siphonophorae jelly-like segmented oceanic creatures. D shaped rings on the necklace convert the brooch into a pendant.

The brooch was created with titanium off-cuts from motorsports racing, Smithsonite, Aurichalcite, and stainless steel

Experiencing the wonders and fragility of marine ecosystems while SCUBA diving propels Sherry to create jewelry which evokes vivid memories of beautiful ocean scenes while leaving sea creatures and the seaside untouched. Her art jewelry is an expression of gratitude to the ocean and her way of giving it a voice.

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