__Byzantine Rosette Brooch
__As my work with granulation progressed, I desired to create lighter, gossamer-like forms whose implied volume would embrace negative space. My trip to Istanbul in April 2011 reminded me of the majesty and glory of Byzantine architecture. Floating in the light, the vast dome of the Hagia Sophia gave me the idea for the Byzantine Rosette Brooch. This design was more ambitious because it centers on a prong-set tourmaline from which extend seven granulated overlapping double arches/petals, anchored by clusters of granulation where they meet the outer rim of the stone setting. Placed on a flat surface, the Byzantine Rosette looks like a ribbed dome with the spaces between the ribs removed. The challenge in applying the granulation came when it was time to attach the double arches to the granulation clusters on the outer rim of the setting. The first attempt melted the prong setting and the double arches in one clump of gold. The second attempt retained the domed shape but melted the clusters around the setting. It then dawned on me that if I prepared the clusters in advance I could then carefully solder them to the setting without mishaps. And so it was that the Byzantine Rosette Brooch was born.
Materials : 18k gold, tournaline
Method : hand fabricated, soldered, granulation, prong set, hand burnished, hand finished
Size : 3' x 3' x 3/4"
Artist : Sophia Georgiopoulou