Encapsulated small Cicada 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. My own kids love to collect cicada shells for my "jewelry project," and I love these well-earned treasures. 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. I feel the same way about the cicadas. Their summer song delights us and I love honoring them with a necklace.

The cicada shell necklace hangs from a 27" chain. The cicada and ring drop 2 1/2"" from the silver chain. The cicada pendant itself measures 1" by 13/16" 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. (In the photos with 2 necklaces, this necklace is on the left).

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, 1997-2016. 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.