|Brian Bowden | profile | all galleries >> Glass ORBits - Contemporary Art Glass Marbles and Other Art Glass For Sale! >> Yoshinori Kondo Marbles and Pendants For Sale >> #111: "Diamond Seed" Size: 1.21" x 1.71" Price: $3,100||tree view | thumbnails | slideshow|
This is a stunning collaboration pendant between two of Japan's finest artists - Yoshinori Kondo of course, who created the marble, and Yuji Ishii, who created the beautiful silver cage that houses the marble, along with 6 imbedded diamonds in the design that are arranged in 3 pairings throughout the piece. It also comes with the silver chain seen in the photos.
Yuji created four different collaborations with Yoshi, each utilizing one of Yoshi's mini dot stack marbles. The first one remains in Yoshi's personal collection, the second one is in my personal collection, and now one of the last two is available here for one more lucky owner! Each piece is wholly unique from the next one, and they each allow for some type of mobility of the marble inside the pendant. In this pendant, the marble can freely move around in the cage, but then the cage itself is actually two pieces, which can be rotated about 90 degrees to either open or close the cage more fully for different views of the marble inside. It's rather hard to explain without you seeing it in person, but trust me, it's COOL and INGENIOUS! The 6 diamonds are all nice sized gems, each gleaming away, and I discovered that they have an interesting reaction to the black light when I was illuminating the piece for the UV pictures. Very cool! And I would be remiss if I didn't point out how AWESOME that UV action is in the marble, sprinkled throughout the entire dot stacked design! The whole ensemble is stunning, a true work of glass jewelry art for the ages! It is signed '15' with Yoshi's signature opal inside the marble.