Lotus by Cliff Swain Salomon
This beautiful lotus is the embodiment of “grace blooming” to adorn you whether you wear it as a necklace or a ring or if you make two flowers to wear it as a ring/necklace set. In nature, the flower buds push up through murky and muddy water, and as the bud blooms, the core remains untainted despite the mucky environment in which it began its life.
This is seen as an analogy for the human spirit and our experiences in this world, regardless of how difficult or challenging our lives are, nothing can taint the purity of the human spirit. That is why the lotus is viewed in many cultures as a symbol of purity and enlightenment. In Hinduism, it is believed that the spirit of the Sacred Lotus Flower is a part of each human being. In this tradition, it is a symbol of fertility, prosperity, beauty, divinity, and life.
This stunning 2-in-1 necklace/ring is constructed using various stitches, including a PRAW vine shaped band that encircles two Swarovski pearls. A beautiful chaton is bezeled and surrounded by sculptured petals. The neck lariat is accented with special snake-textured fire polished beads and Swarovski pearls and is constructed with chenille stitch and PRAW that allows you to attach the pendant in a couple different ways.
Worn as a necklace or ring it is definitely a showstopper and an amazing statement piece.
Cliff Swain-Salomon is an off-the-loom seed bead weaver known for creating non-traditional jewelry shapes and pushing the boundaries of color exploration. After injuring and losing use of both of his hands for over three years, he began beading when a friend recommended he try it as part of his hand rehabilitation therapy. Once he started, he was hooked.
In all of his pieces, Cliff integrates over 30 years of study in multiple fields, including graphic design, painting, sacred geometry, and chromotherapy, as well as apprenticeships with several medicine men and women