Sunflower Necklace

  • Heidi Gerstacker, Sunflower Necklace, 2002, fabricated 22k, sterling bi-metal, sterling silver, and onyx, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Bill and Sara Morgan, 2003.17, © 2002 Heidi Gerstacker

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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. This process is similar to gold plating, but bimetal is easier to work with and has a similar decorative effect.

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“The Sunflower Necklace is a very serendipitous piece for me.” Artist’s statement

Sunflower Necklace
Not on view
7 1/2 x 9 x 1/4 in. (19.1 x 22.8 x 0.5 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Bill and Sara Morgan

Mediums Description
fabricated 22k, sterling bi-metal, sterling silver, and onyx
  • Object – flower – sunflower
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