22kt and 18kt Gold and Rutilated Quartz Turtle Necklace, Maija Neimanis, the links designed as turtles, set with rutilated quartz cabochons, some wrapped in wire, with granulation, 107.4 dwt, lg. 20 1/2 in., unmarked.
Note: Before becoming a goldsmith, Maija Neimanis worked as a costume designer for television and film. After taking a three-week course at the Jewelry Arts Institute she went on to an intense study in granulation, enamel, lapidary, and chain weaving. As a costume designer, she specialized in historical fashions, so she was naturally drawn to the historical techniques of the Greeks and Etruscans. These techniques show prominently in her work.
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