Garden Pendant with Hazelnut Beads
In this whimsical piece, award-winning jeweler Luis Méndez López has created a one of a kind look, using silver, coral and delicate flowers. Each hollow-form “hazelnut” bead is hand-made using centuries-old filigree techniques, complementing the unique, encased flower pendant.
Luis began working at his father’s filigree jewelry workshop in Tamames, Salamanca when he was 14. He and his brothers now represent the third generation of goldsmiths in their family. Holding tweezers, the Méndez brothers draw fine, pliable, silver threads into intricate designs through curling, twisting, and plaiting of the metal. The threads are smoothed and twisted and then joined at points of contact.
Measuring approximately 24 inches long this necklace closes with an s-hook clasp.
Behind the scenes process shots of this intricate piece: