as a kid i used to love when my mom would take out her old canvas pouch that encased all of her old school middle eastern jewelry that she received as gifts from both of my grandfathers and from my dad. i still look inside that pouch from time to time and i have worn a lot of the pieces she doesn't wear anymore. i love that elaborate almost baroque look they used to be into in the 70's and 80's.
the necklace i made today was inspired by that golden decadence...but simplified of course. :)
there's a giant bin of copper scraps in the jewelry studio that i will search through sometimes and find some good pieces of copper and brass. (i have the scratches from the jagged edges to prove it.) the main part of the necklace was made with a piece of brass i found which i then sanded and polished. the semi-precious stones are rubies.