This necklace was inspired by a celebration of the shortest night of the year in Slavic culture (Kupala Night). It's a festival of fire, water, joy, fertility and love. People gather around bonfires to dance, and maidens plait flower wreaths, which are later thrown into rivers or lakes to tell the future or to be caught be a beloved man. It is said to be dangerous to swim though, because especially during this magical night you might encounter rusalkas - female water spirits.
If they saw handsome men, they would fascinate them with songs and dancing, mesmerize them, then lead them away to the river bottom to their death. You can see three of these water spirits in my necklace, peeking out of the lake, surrounded by water plants and fireflies (very common this time of a year).
The necklace is made of fine silver, sterling silver 18K green gold and 10 labradorites. Each detail was formed and carved by hand. No moulds were used in the process. The widest part of the necklace (the top) is about 8 cm (3.1 in). Each face is about 1,5 cm (0.6 in).
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