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Wendy Brandes 18K Yellow Gold Medallion Necklace With Skull-Shaped Black Diamond

$20,000
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Medallions are worn to invoke guidance and luck, or remind you of what you've overcome and where you're headed. This pendant combines the ancient jewelry concept of Memento Mori with modern-day gem-cutting technologies in the form of a single black diamond cut into a skull shape. The whole design is filled with markers of the wearer’s life. White diamond baguettes pointing in four directions, invoking a compass. The Latin phrase “CARPE DIEM” is inscribed as a reminder to live life to the fullest each day, no matter which direction that takes you. Because Wendy intended this medallion to speak to the wearer’s personal mantras, the inscription is written in Leonardo da Vinci-style mirror writing, so that the message is clearest when you're looking at your own reflection. 18K yellow gold, satin finish with distressing. Fancy-cut black diamond in skull shape, totaling 3 carats. Custom-cut white diamond baguettes, totaling 1.2 carats. White diamond accent in eyes. Ruby accent in mouth. Pendant is 1 3/8" in diameter. 16" chain. Made in New York City. This complex and meaningful design took my New York City artisans over a year to create, with attention given to every detail, down to the tiny diamonds and ruby set beneath the black-diamond skull, and the artifact-worthy distressed effect given to the gold.

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