This beautiful, sterling silver cloud necklace with a beaten textured surface to give a “cloud-like” effect has been hand-crafted by jewellery designer/maker Sheila Raven at her studio in Oxfordshire, England. Suspended from the cloud is a magical moss aquamarine faceted gemstone in pale turquoise/green tones. Aquamarine means ‘water of the sea’ and in times past mariners called these stones ‘mermaid’s tears’ and kept them as good luck talismans. It hangs from a delicate silver trace chain.
Raincloud dimensions: 26mm wide x 30mm (top of cloud to bottom of gemstone)
Length of silver necklace: 45cm in length with built-in attachment which allows it to be also worn at 40cm
Sheila Raven is a freelance archaeologist as well as a jewellery maker. As someone who has spent many years studying and cataloguing beautifully crafted metal objects from the prehistoric, Saxon and Roman eras – she has developed a special interest in metal-working technology and the use of nature and symbolism in designs from our ancient past. Sheila started silver smithing many years ago as a way of understanding the ancient processes of jewellery making, and she found it to be a medium that perfectly suited her own creative interests. For the past couple of years she has specialised in designing pieces inspired by nature. Her studio is in the picturesque, ancient town of Witney in Oxfordshire, which she shares with her sheepdog Bryn.