I've been writing off and on about a Saguaro cactus design that I've been working on for a long time. It involved carving a bas relief three dimensional enough to give a sense of the cactus enormous size. It was very challenging and time consuming to work out. I think the pendant really expresses the sense of space I wanted. The stones are emeralds and antique Hungarian garnets. (The emeralds show up well in the photo. The garnets are far more red and brilliant then they look here.)
Actual size is about 3.75" wide. From the collection of Wendy Czarnecki.
Lots more work to do tonight.