This hand formed nature inspired Anthos Large Leaf Necklace is designed and made by Carla De La Cruz in her Los Angeles studio. As the sole creator of her work, she is passionate about creating unique and one of a kind pieces. Using 14k gold filled, sterling silver, and hand mixed resins, her Anthos collection imparts the organic beauty of nature by fabricating her own components.
Approximate size of leaf area: width (3.5") length (4")
Packaged in a gift ready craft jewelry box for shipping.
I take great care in selecting the materials I use for my jewelry. It is important to me that the metal I use is beautiful, of the highest quality, while also being strong enough to be worn frequently.
I use 14k gold filled instead of gold plating because of its durability, strength and resistance to tarnish. Gold plating often flakes off quickly and tarnishes easily. Real gold is too soft for everyday wear. My gold filled jewelry can be worn daily and will last for years if maintained properly.
All of my silver jewelry is made with sterling silver. Sterling silver holds up well when soldered and doesn’t tarnish easily. I also love the way silver highlights different dimensions of color in my hand mixed resin.
As gold filled can not be cast I use solid bronze for my hand cast components. Bronze compliments the gold well and has an earthy quality to it as it wears.