At long last, here they are! Pictured, from left to right:
1. Oboe pendant, first finger left hand, Gobi Desert Lavender turquoise
2. Flute pendant, first finger right hand, Hubei turquoise
3. Clarinet pendant, second finger left hand, Wabi Sabi turquoise
4. Flute pendant, second finger right hand, Hubei turquoise
5. Oboe pendant, third finger right hand, Hubei turquoise
There are more coming of course, but that's what I sent to the photographer. I have another flute pendant with a really nice piece of Red River turquoise (that's Red River in Hubei province, China, not Red River in Oklahoma). I've also got more flute and oboe pendants in the works to complement the clarinet pendants I have made. Unfortunately, one of the small stones I was setting didn't survive the process, so I'll have to wait to use the key I had chosen to go with it.
So why RITORNELLO? Okay. Now, hear me out. I realize that this is kind of nerdy, but it's cool, too. Ritornello is a musical term used to describe an instrumental interlude that occurs after a soloist sings or plays in an opera or concerto. It is a refrain or return to the musical theme of the piece. (Y'all don't judge me. I have slept many, many times since I took a music history or music theory class, so this is probably not the most academically acceptable definition.) "Well, what on God's green earth does this have to do with the jewelry in the picture?" I hear you ask. I'll tell you. As a repair technician, I have a collection of instruments that are too far gone to be of any musical use. Some have been crushed, some have been burnt, some have been in floods, some have been dropped one too many times. What I and my repair technician colleagues do is take these unplayable instruments and hoard them like a dragon hoards gold, so that one day, if we come across an instrument that needs a part, we might scavenge one from the pile of broken instruments. This pile is affectionately known as a boneyard in the trade. A lot of times, a worn-out instrument will sit in the boneyard forever, gathering dust and doing nobody any good. What I am doing is taking these instrument keys out of the boneyard and returning them to meaningful and beautiful use. The word ritornello is Italian for "little return," so I thought it would be the perfect name for this collection. That, and it sounds really fancy. So, what do you think?
Now, before I sign off, let me show you the other pictures I had done of The Turquoise Queen Collection:
SEPTEMBERFEST 2017 MUSEUM OF THE SOUTHWEST, MIDLAND, TEXAS 9/8-9/10
The SHOW of Dripping Springs, Texas 9/30-10/1
Fall Into Art Festival, New Braunfels, Texas 10/28-10/29
Winnsboro Art & Wine Festival, Winnsboro, Texas 11/10-11/11