This Victorian Gothic necklace was inspired by Dr. Dee's Scrying Mirror. A disc of black agate hints of the hidden depths of Dr. De's Magic Mirror. It is crowned with a jet Czech glass and hangs from a Victorian filigree connector flanked by hand wrapped chains of pressed Czech glass. The necklace measures 16" or 41cm long and closes with a hand forged shepherd's crook clasp. (This necklace can be made 2" longer or 18" or 46cm by request.)
Whenever I visit the British Museum I'm drawn to the Magical Speculum of Doctor Dee, Queen Elizabeth's court magician. The obsidian disc is inclosed in a wooden case, labeled with the handwriting of Horace Walpole:
"The Black Stone into which Dr Dee used to call his Spirits/his book. This Stone was mentioned in the Catalogue of the Collection of the Earls of Peterborough from whom it came to Lady Elizabeth Germaine. H.W."
A Samuel Butler poem is inscribed in a different hand, mentioning Kelly, Dee's associate:
"Kelly did all his feats upon
The Devil's Looking Glass, a stone;
Where playing with him at Bo-peep,
He solv'd all problems ne'er so deep."
This necklace was designed to compliment my matching Scrying Mirror earrings.
All my jewellery is made by hand by my partner Mike and myself in a converted 18th century naval school on the wild North coast of Scotland. All pieces come gift wrapped with lavender and Scottish heather.