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Everyday Artifact

Silver Jewelry

Picture Perfect

In a beautiful testament to the “less is more” school of thought, Jeff Ryan and Barbara Edelman have printed black-and-white images on sterling silver to create simple necklaces that stir up all sorts of emotions with the lightest touch.

Warrior Pose suggests strength, for example, while Olive Branches and Tightrope Walker evoke feelings of peace and balance, respectively. There’s also Cliff Diver, Bird Flock, Nest,
Hummingbird, and Tree. The images are all different, but they share a poignant, minimalist vibe.

Jeff and Barbara work out of their Santa Fe, N.M., studio, and they’ve spent the last few years experimenting with different ways of applying images onto metal. Each necklace is handcrafted. The images are coated with a jewelry resin, which adds dimension, then strung on a silver nylon cord with a sterling silver clasp. Deceptively simple, these picture pendants are picture perfect, for yourself or someone special.

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  • Barbara
    Barbara

    After years of making other things, we finally realized that if we took one of Jeff’s amazing photography based processes and made it really tiny we could call it jewelry. From that day forward we have been gratified to make our Picture Pendants, knowing that they strike an emotional and personal chord with so many of our customers.

  • Cheri McIntyre
    Cheri McIntyre
    3/19/2012 12:44 PM

    Barb and Jeff,

    I'm allergic to metal and wondering if you could make one (The hummingbird) without the metal clip. I think that the designs are wonderful. Thanks

    Cheri

  • Barbara
    Barbara – Special Guest
    3/19/2012 1:37 PM

    @Cheri McIntyre:

    The pendants and the clasps are all sterling silver. The cord is nylon.

    Hoping this will be helpful to you.

    We could always put the pendants on a 24" cord without a clasp. It would pull easily over your head.

    Regards,

    Barbara

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/19/2012 2:10 PM

    @Cheri McIntyre: If this sounds like it would be a good solution for you, just use the Gift Message box on your order to indicate that you would like to go with the 24" cord. Enjoy!

  • Gail van den Berg
    Gail van den Berg
    3/19/2012 7:09 PM

    The pendants are lovely! What diameter are they?

  • Barbara
    Barbara – Special Guest
    3/20/2012 10:34 AM

    @Gail van den Berg:

    Hi Gail,

    They are 7/8" rounds.

    Thanks for asking,

    Barbara

  • Gail van den Berg
    Gail van den Berg
    3/19/2012 7:12 PM

    I see you suggest keeping the pendant out of direct sunlight...what effect would sunlight have on the item, and how much exposure would affect it?

  • Barbara
    Barbara – Special Guest
    3/20/2012 10:38 AM

    We heard of a customer putting it on his dashboard for two weeks!? Clearly not what we'd recommend for any jewelry.

    With prolonged, direct exposure the resin will take on a golden hue. The image will not obscured, but you would experience a change in the tone of the resin.

    Thanks for asking.

  • Emily
    Emily
    3/19/2012 7:26 PM

    These are so beautiful. They each evoke an emotion that draws you to it. Adding to my grommet favorites. Would make a great birthday gift for a number of friends who came to mind as I viewed the available images. May even treat myself when my b-day comes up!

  • Barbara
    Barbara – Special Guest
    3/20/2012 10:40 AM

    Happy almost birthday. We often have customers buy them for themselves, their friends, kids and even their Moms.

    Thanks for your kind words,

    Barbara

  • kyria
    kyria
    3/19/2012 8:29 PM

    do you do other images on sterling - personal photos etc? many thanks

  • Barbara
    Barbara – Special Guest
    3/20/2012 10:41 AM

    We do not do one of a kind custom pendants.

    We have a very large catalog of images. Stay tuned, you might see them on Daily Grommet in the future.

    Thanks,

    Barbara

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/19/2012 11:06 PM

    Great questions! Barbara will be back in the morning to let us know.

  • Pam
    Pam
    3/20/2012 1:51 AM

    Can the Hummingbird pendant have the wings extended, as if it is landing on branch?

  • Barbara
    Barbara – Special Guest
    3/20/2012 10:43 AM

    Hi Pam:

    The images are as you see on the pendants. We do have a number of different bird images. Stay tuned on Daily Grommet, maybe we'll be able to show more in the future.

  • Patty Cason
    Patty Cason
    8/30/2012 1:16 PM

    I just want to tell you that I wear my "Tree" ALL the time and I get complements DAILY on this. I LOVE IT!!! thank you for making such a beautiful piece.

  •  marilyn
    marilyn
    9/11/2012 10:23 AM

    pls include necklace length size of circle and can both women and men wear these? Do you ever have sales? etc. thanks love the diver but don't know if it will fit my husband love your work it is beautiful and I love NM have a great time I'm an artist at heart always meaning a buyer

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    9/14/2012 12:08 AM

    @ marilyn: The pendant is 7/8" rounds. Length size is usually 16", 18" or 20". The 20" cord should work for an average sized man. We could do 22" if that would be a better fit. Just use the Gift Message box on your order to indicate the cord length you prefer. Thanks for your lovely feedback.

  •  Dena
    Dena
    11/4/2012 10:01 AM

    My daughter just had two photograghs excepted fro a gallery show... my question is would you take her photos and make a necklace?? thank you Dena

  •  Dena
    Dena
    11/4/2012 10:01 AM

    My daughter just had two photograghs excepted fro a gallery show... my question is would you take her photos and make a necklace?? thank you Dena

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    11/4/2012 11:31 PM

    @ Dena: Congrats! How exciting. Our Customer Support Team will contact you directly with info about your request.

  • Ingrid
    Ingrid
    11/15/2012 10:25 AM

    OH MY GOSH! I just stumbled on this and I HAVE ONE OF YOUR NECKLACES! I got it in a little shop in Santa Monica. I was visiting a friend and I was looking for a gift (for myself. :)), when I spotted the one with the runner on the beach. My husband is runner, so I chose that one to wear when we are apart. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!! I seriously considered the owl too. This may be what I get "my person" for Christmas. So glad I found you here.

  •  Ingrid
    Ingrid
    11/15/2012 10:27 AM

    Oops, posted an old name. Scrap the 'ArtbyIngrid.com", it's just Ingrid.

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