amulets and talismans have been part of most cultures. Ancient
Italy is no exception, as documented sources show everything
from birthstones that were worn in a pocket to keepsakes and
treasures worn in small bags around the neck. From the evil eye
charm to the Italian Cornicello (little horn), warding off bad
luck was a serious matter.
Talismano Della Toscana brings old world talismans & amulets
into the 21st century. A contemporary three-dimensional pendant,
actually a small house, is created using flat Peyote stitch.
The floor and walls mimic Roman mosaics adding interest and historical
perspective to the design. The viewer will see the inviting front
door and will wonder what is inside. The
wearer knows the secret is a laminated image that slips into
a slot in front of the back wall of the tiny villa turning the
wall into a picture frame. What a surprise for the lucky viewer!
There is also room within to add a small secret token.
include terra cotta pots of geraniums by the front door, decorative
flourishes to include a rod ironwork terrace, door hinges and
knob for the front door along with a bezeled 10mm CZ that rides
at the bottom of the villa for visual interest. The necklace
stays simple with a variation on a theme using 4-sided Herringbone
stitch ending in a simple clasp. Fantastico!
Note: This little "villa"
measures 2.5" tall, 1.5" wide and 1" deep
This is a 3-day