Heidi Gerstacker, Sunflower Necklace, 2002, silver, onyx, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 2002 Heidi Gerstacker, Gift of Bill and Sara Morgan, 2003.17
Heidi Gerstacker once made gold petals for a corsage brooch that did not satisfy her design. She started using the leftover pieces for necklaces, and Sunflower Necklace was the third one she made with these petals. She describes it as a “balance between all the parts I love to fabricate and all the historical necklace forms I’ve studied.” She used oval onyx stones to represent the seeds in the center of the flower, and framed the piece using a bimetal material of 22-karat gold fused into sterling silver.
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“The Sunflower Necklace is a very serendipitous piece for me.” Artist’s statement
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7 1/2 x 9 x 1/4 in. (19.1 x 22.8 x 0.5 cm)
© 2002 Heidi Gerstacker
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Bill and Sara Morgan
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