Poppy Tracks, my 2014 Memorial Day Jewelry Piece

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Every year I create a Memorial Day jewelry piece to honor veterans as well as those in the military that have paid the ultimate price with their lives.
 
Poppy Pendant

Poppy Tracks - SOLD

 
I designed Poppy Tracks a few months ago, but it wasn't til this week that I was able to bring it to fruition.  Designing new jewelry with the red poppy is fun all by itself.  
 
The Flower Jasper stone hit me with its imagery.  In a style reminiscent of art nouveau I created a vine of a bail out of sterling silver wire and added a traditional red poppy glass flower by Ellen Dooley to the top.  It hangs from an adjustable sterling silver box chain. 
 
Remembrance Day or Poppy Day has been celebrated since WWI by the Commonwealth of Nations.  It is what we call in the states Memorial Day.  The red poppy has become a familiar symbol for the day, because of the poem Flanders Field in which it refers to that battlefield being covered in red poppies after the war.
 
To all that serve, thank you.
 
I think it's fun to see a sketch of mine next to a completed piece and thought you might like to see that as well.  Below is from my sketch book:
 
 
Poppy Pendant with original design
 
 
 
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