Sandra McEwen

$12,800.00

Exquisite One-of-a-Kind Cloisonné & Champlevé Enamel Necklace w 24k gold wire work on Fine silver. This stunning necklace is indeed one of a kind. Framing the central image of the Cicada are other members of the Hemiptera, or "True Bug" order of insects.  

If you would like to see how this necklace was made, please watch this video on YouTUBE detailing the hundreds of hours that went into fabricating this special piece:(10) Cicada Necklace - Design process and Fabrication Techniques - YouTube

Length: 17" total

Materials: Cloisonné & Champlevé enamels, Peridot, Amethyst, Rhodalite Garnet, on fine silver with 24K Gold Wire work.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me: Contact — Sandra McEwen

All my jewelry is handmade by me in my studio in beautiful Wilmington, North Carolina.


Did you know that enamels are melted glass? Yes! It's true... To create this lovely jewel, I first fabricated the silver base out of sheets of fine silver. The lines of the design are actually fine silver wires that I meticulously bent by hand (and tweezers) into the shapes you see. Then I placed granules of ground up glass (enamels) in between the wires and melted them in the kiln. There are as many as 20 layers of glass in each individual piece! After I've added all the layers of glass, I carefully grind and polish it until it sparkles!

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Champlevé: pronounced Shamp-lee-VAY is the process of inlaying the colored glass enamels directly into a solid piece of silver, so there’s no need for a separate setting.


Cloisonné: pronounced Cloy-ZEE-nay! (always best when said with a flourish!) is the process of using delicate silver or gold wires to create drawing lines that separate the different bits of colored enamel.

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ABOUT ME Enamels are my passion. I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. I graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1992 with a degree in illustration. I currently reside in in the beautiful seaside town of Wilmington, North Carolina. I have always loved incorporating bright color and light into my work, so when I discovered the beauty of cloisonné enamel, I was hooked. My work incorporates color, light, and balance- be it abstract or figurative. I'm influenced by all the gorgeous jewelry of the past, but try to give it a modern twist. I love crafting beautiful objects to wear and adore, and I hope you will enjoy owning them as much as I enjoy making them.