This beautiful glass necklace has been shaped from vintage pressed window glass. This glass has had a former life in the window or door of an old villa, so it potentially carries many stories. The glass has a range of beautiful patterns embossed on its surface during fabrication (often in the 1800s or early 1900s).
Individual heart shapes are carved out of the vintage glass, tumbled in a stone tumbler to give them a sea-softened look and feel, and then fastened onto hand-plaited black cord. The necklace fastens with a simple loop and toggle system with the toggle also in the shape of a heart.
Judy Newton lives and works from her studio in Titirangi, West Auckland. The materials she uses in her jewellery include coloured window glass, stone, ceramic (broken china), and sterling silver. All pieces are individually shaped and engraved, using diamond equipment. Judy uses recycled materials as much as possible e.g. the glass works are made from off-cuts sourced from leadlight-glass studios; the ‘pressed’ glass often had a former life in the doors and windows of old villas.
The idea of giving materials a new life in another direction appeals – broken china or off-cut glass becoming a personal adornment.
Judy’s family were ‘rock hounds’ and she grew up spending hours looking for agate, petrified wood and pounamu in the rivers and beaches of Te Wai Pounamu, the South Island. Judy finds inspiration in the natural landscape of New Zealand and Pacific designs.
Size: 97cm (extended length) approx
Made in New Zealand