Encapsulated Cicada bug silver necklace

English Norman

The Bug Collection

Growing up in the southern US, summer evenings were filled with the sounds of cicadas singing at night and chasing lightning bugs (yes, I know other people call them fireflies). I loved hunting for the cicada shells in the morning on the pine trees where they shed their larval stage shell and flew into the night. We have one tree in our yard in Atlanta that always has cicada shells stuck to it in the morning during cicada season. Because we pay careful attention to this tree, we have been rewarded occasionally with a cicada bug that never flew away or died a short time later in our yard. These are rare and precious finds and their summer song deserves to be honored with a necklace. 

The cicada bug necklace is a true statement piece and hangs from a 27 1/2" chain. The cicada bug and ring drop  2 1/2" from the silver chain. The cicada pendant itself measures 1" by 3/4" and is 1/2" deep. Frozen in resin and time, its beauty can be appreciated and admired. This cicada was found by my children in our organic garden in Atlanta, GA. The model is wearing another necklace from this collection, but the length is about the same so gives you a great idea of how this necklace looks on a person.

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. 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. 

All designs are copyrighted by ESN Artisan Jewelry, 1997-2017. 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.