Item: 1012A


Artisan Jewelry, Swan Pin

Swan Spirit Pin, Sterling Silver, 2 1/4" x 2 1/4"

With wings as if they are on fire and oxidized black bill; this sterling rendition of the world's largest waterfowl will lift the wearer in inspired flight. Back from the brink of extinction and defending their nest against all comers, Trumpeter Swans embody a spirit of steadfastness and spiritual beauty. Can you find the graceful neck of her mate for life secreted within the design? This piece has a matte finish with polished highlights.

I have been a bird watcher for many years and one of the sightings I anticipate is the return of the swans, both Tundra and Trumpeter. We have a nature preserve located in the middle of Fairbanks named Creamer's Field. A few years ago they dug basins throughout the largest field which collect the melted snow turning them into small lakes. From that day forward we now have up to 140 swans who land in the field and recuperate from their long migration. It is truly a beautiful sight.

I love to design.  Wherever I walk, I am always looking for ways to capture the natural world in a piece of jewelry.  I owe my talent as an artist to my maternal grandfather, Erland Waastrom, a Swede who immigrated to this country in the early 20th century. My grandfather was a visual artist. He painted versions of old masters in oils and even recreated the Mona Lisa in pastels! He was also a sculptor and worked in various mediums, including metal and wood.  One time he carved a tree root, capturing the image of an embracing couple beneath a grape arbor.  I believe that I have carried his love of art and creativity forward through my design work.

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