Wild Rose Necklace

Leslie Chapman


Fortymile Gold Workshop
Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada

2 x 0.5 x 17.5 inches

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Photo credit: Leslie Chapman

I fabricated this necklace of 20K gold, dendritic gold nuggets, mammoth ivory beads, and raw emerald beads. Many of the natural dendritic nuggets look like leaves, so that was the inspiration for this piece. The wild roses bloom around solstice and symbolize mid-summer for me. Mammoth ivory is a byproduct of placer gold mining in the Yukon; I think the pear shaped ones look

I use natural 20k gold from our family placer mine in the Yukon Territory of Canada. I melt the gold dust and use it in its natural alloy to hand fabricate my jewellery. My work is often to compared to fine gold jewellery from antiquity. I sell my work in my studio/gallery in Dawson City, Yukon, where I also create custom pieces for my clients.

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