Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

     Once again, Voyage fan Storm has teamed up with jeweler Don Israel to create a fabulous one-of-a-kind piece of Voyage related jewelry.  Rather than my explaining how it came into being, other than to point out that, bottom line, it's because a fan was moved to create a memento, I'll let Storm, herself, explain as follows.

Stunning detail of Seaview necklace                "From tip to stern, my Seaview is just a hair under 2 1/2 inches. Bigger than the Two Wacky Guys pewter pin, but smaller than the Comet mini-metal - almost halfway between the two in fact. (And  much better looking than either of them as well as more technically accurate) She's cast in white gold, but without the shiny, bright rhodium finish most white gold pieces sport. The finish is a brushed matte. Don tells me she'll oxidize slightly over time to a light pewter shade of gray. (That's why most people coat white gold with rhodium, to keep from getting the pewter looking color.) But I felt that would be perfect for the effect I wanted and he agreed.

     "The searchlight on the nose and the beacon lights underneath are 1/2 point diamonds - that's as small as you can get in a faceted stone (.01mm) The nose window-ports are cut from clear quartz crystal (1mm x 3mm) - I told you about the stone cutter's adventure with losing one of them. The bow is hollowed out, so you can actually look into the windows.      Hollowed nose painted white inside to reflect light.           "The interior is painted white to reflect light and keep the windows from picking up the gray of the metal around them. She was cast in four pieces - main hull, sail, diving planes (as one piece and inserted through a slot in the sail for strength) and the flying sub bay hatch - using the lost wax casting method - she's one of a kind.

     "Don used a slightly different method to produce the wax patterns for the flying subs, since he needed two of them, but they were also cast and finished individually using the lost wax method. Each one is slightly different, though you have to look very close to tell. They are just under 1 inch at their widest point and were cast in yellow gold. They're done with a glossy finish. Each one is mounted on a rod with stops to hold them in the center of the rod and allow them to spin freely on their axis (I jokingly told him during construction that the FS1 seemed to do a lot of spinning on the show, so it was appropriate for them to do it on the necklace)." Twin Flying-Subs are practically identical.

Another angle on Seaview necklace.     Wax casting for Seaview neclace.
      Above, left, another angle on the finished Seaview element of the necklace and a photo (above, right) of the wax form prior to casting.  The wax form was destroyed in the process, making this piece of jewelry most definitely a one-of-a-kind item.  Storm notes, "Everything was mounted on a 24 inch white gold rhodium plated anchor style chain, so the whole necklace is around 27-28 inches long and weighs 75.8 grams (approximately 2.65 ounces)."  Where THIS Seaview is concerned, there's gold in them-there subterranean canyons, mate!

For further information on this piece, contact:
 Don Israel
Creative Jewelry Salon
No. 32 Central Mall
Fort Smith, AR

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