Birds of a Feather

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Feathered Things

In Pennsylvania, it often feels like we experience more than simply spring, summer, fall and winter…  there’s even a joke referencing twelve different seasons!  This week, with temperatures in the mid-50’s, we entered into the “Spring of Deception”.  Although Punxsutawney Phil has guaranteed that winter isn’t over yet, it was absolutely delightful to hear the birds chirping this morning.  Their cheerful song put a smile on my face.

This charming bracelet by famous maker “Raymond Yard” depicts five birds that are native to Pennsylvania.  Each colorful fowl has been artfully crafted in the form of a reverse crystal.  These unique portraits are made by carving into the back of a piece of rock crystal.  Next, they’re painted and then backed with mother-of-pearl, making each one seem three-dimensional.  From left to right, there is a bright cardinal, a red-winged blackbird, a blue jay, a redheaded woodpecker and finally an oriole.  Each tiny painting is a miniature work of art, complete with branches, leaves and vibrant flowers.

Perhaps my favorite part of this bracelet are the extra links between each bird.  Yard, a master of detail, didn’t use simple gold links between the crystals.  The 14 karat golden links are carved in the form of tiny nests and enchanting birdhouses.  This Mid Century Modern gem is available now for just $4,980.00.

Pair the bracelet with this bewitching brooch.  Showcasing an acorn woodpecker, this reverse crystal painting is intricately detailed and too good to miss.  Doubling as a pendant, the oval-shaped pin is also signed “Raymond Yard”.  Perched in an open oak tree, the natural beauty of this black and white creature has been captured to perfection. 

Every element sings in unison, right down to the carved golden branch with acorns that lays at the base of this brooch.  Priced at $5,250.00 – this west coast native bird is sure to bring a smile to your face…  even in the Spring of Deception.  

“You can go to a museum and look, or you can come to us and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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