Encapsulated Bald-faced Hornet silver necklace

English Norman

The Bug Collection

There are not many creatures in nature who are essential to the survival of our species and agriculture, but the bees and other pollinators are. With so many diminishing populations of bees, what better way to celebrate their vital role in our ecosystem than a beautiful necklace that is bound to spark questions. Dying bees outside my studio a few years ago inspired the entire Encapsulated Series. Perhaps the bees had just reached the end of their short lives, but I was struck by the intricate beauty of the bees scattered around under a Vitex tree. Instead of just sweeping them aside, I decided to create a special case for them and encapsulate their beauty forever in resin. You can read more about how to save our bees by taking a look at some non-profits involved in raising awareness about our vanishing bees including the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, Asheville's Honey Bee Health Improvement Project, and Avaaz

The Bald-faced Hornet pendant hangs from a 26 1/2" chain. The hornet and ring drop 3" from the silver chain. The hornet pendant itself is 1 1/4" by 7/8" and is 1/2" deep. Frozen in resin and time, its beauty can be appreciated and admired. This hornet was collected from our organic garden in Atlanta, GA. Each summer the Bald-faced Hornets build a huge paper nest in one of our oak trees. I think the white dots on this delicate creature make it one of the prettiest I've seen. The model is wearing another necklace from this collection. 

The Encapsulated Collection
You can’t capture time but you can capture memories. The precious creature encapsulated in the clear resin of this necklace is a reminder of moments that have come and gone -- intricate, interconnected and irreplaceable. The bugs are carefully collected and set in a handsmithed Argentium silver oval case and captured by clear resin so each pendant is unique and different. These are truly one of a kind.

All designs are copyrighted by ESN Artisan Jewelry, 1997-2021. Each piece is designed and handcrafted by the artist in her Atlanta, GA studio. Join us on IG at @englishnorman and FB at ESN Artisan Jewelry.

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