Dramatic Dark Jewelry

by Cherie Somerville.

Dramatic Dark Jewelry by Cherie Somerville  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

I absolutely love fossilized agates, or rather, agatized fossils…turritella agate is a real favorite!

With all its organic little shapes, elegant charcoal color matrix & mysterious flashes of embedded crystal, it’s just hypnotic!

Unfortunately, there’s been many times we’ve cut matching “tabbie” pieces of it, for earrings, only to have them break…often from the hole drilling process, or from some tricky little hidden fissure that decides to give, just when you’re at final polish!

Dramatic Dark Jewelry by Cherie Somerville  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

My husband, the stone cutter, recently showed me this piece saying, “well, this is thick enough, it should hold up, but it’s too thick for earrings”.

I sez, “fine, I’ll wire wrap it, don’t even bother drilling a hole!”.

Here’s the end result, a bold, dramatic stone slab with lots of detail & oxidized sterling wire wrap setting.

Dramatic Dark Jewelry by Cherie Somerville  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

I included a shot of the “back side”, because generally, you never see the reverse of wire wrap pieces (unless you purchase them).

I think that may be ‘cuz they look like back sides, that is, basic & utilitarian, just there to hole the front side in place. I think backs should be just as interesting, even reversible!

The necklace is strung with a mix of faceted & smooth labradorite, black Tibetan agate, black amber & faceted black glass discs.

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  • I love the darkness of this pendant. Your wire artistry beautifully frames this stone. And thank you for showing the back of this piece too, Cherie! I always look at the back of jewelry when seeing it in person.

  • Susan says:

    Your work is lovely, and I love the companion beads you chose to compliment the focal. I, too, try to finish the backs so they’re pretty. Nice job!!

  • Val E. says:


  • Elizabeth Reid says:

    I too am attracted to dark colors and try to make the backs as attractive as the front, but you have excelled at this. Gorgeous work which does not detract from the stone!

  • Laura says:


  • Rita says:

    Oh my, I love this piece! Really makes a bold statement. Thank you for sharing Cherie. Beautiful work

  • Mary Anne says:

    Positively gorgeous, both front and back sides. Lovely and different.

  • Just wanted to say thanks for all the lovely comments! 😀

  • LuElla says:

    That is gorgeous!!!

  • Angela Bradley says:

    I love the wirework on this, how you echo the fossil shape and showcase the gem. The oxidised finish also suits the stone and brings out the weave. Fantastic work!

  • Margie Shatto says:

    Nice work! The back is important, hard not to cover the beauty of the stone sometimes.

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