Luxury Jewelry: Stephanie Simek has a true eye for the unusual
(pun intended: her most recognized pieces include her immensely popular
eyelash necklaces) and this piece fits into her repertoire beautifully:
the gold quail egg necklace.
Don't let the 23-karat gold leaf lining the inside of the shell fool
you: these are real egg shells; Japanese quail egg shells to be exact.
Their insides are filmed by hand with gold leaf and the effect is
unlike anything you'll see on chains elsewhere. The inside of the shell
is the perfect environment for light, allowing the gold film to do its
job impeccably: the shell simply glows from inside-out.
Stephanie Simek's handcrafted pieces doesn't mean anxiety, either: each
shell receives a healthy coating of plastic for strength. And, just in
case you were worried about showing up to the party wearing the same
ol' egg around your neck as someone else, rest assured: each shell is
naturally speckled and dotted with unique markings and varies slightly
in size, so no two look alike.
Simek, a New York photographer/performance artist/designer has always
been bold in her concepts but this necklace strikes a new note
altogether. Hanging on eighteen inches of thread-like chain, her
organic concept shines as the focal point, almost too beautiful to
touch. Now who knows where to find gold-dipped twig earrings?