A stillness of stones


When was the last time you coveted something, but let prudence prevent self-indulgence – to your later regret? This summer I was gallery-hopping on Martha’s Vineyard when I saw these wonderful stone neckpieces by artist Andrea Williams.


I really, really wanted the round Kyuma Pendant, a smooth black tumbled stone cut in half and then made whole once more with a magnetic clasp. The stone can be closed in either an aligned (round) or misaligned (asymmetric) manner; in the aligned state the magnet looks like a decorative silver band, but in the misaligned state, the method of construction suddenly becomes clear. It’s beautifully simple.


Alas, I decided that I could not afford it, or should not afford it. Plus I was having a bad day, and didn’t feel up to making aesthetic decisions. Of course, since then, I’ve thought about it every week or two. . . until I finally had to figure out who made it. Thanks to Jessica Pisano of the Belushi Pisano Gallery for helping me identify the pendant I coveted, two months after I left it on the Vineyard.

Andrea also has some other wonderful pieces, like the collar at the top of the post, and the stacked necklace below, but the simplicity of that magnetic black stone just gets me.


All jewelry by Andrea Williams. The title of this post is from a poem by Carolyn Forche.


  1. #1 Bee
    September 25, 2008

    Those are beautiful. And my advice to you is to get it if you can possibly afford it. I don’t wear much jewelry, and rarely buy any, but I have a few pieces acquired becuase they spoke to me on some personal and artistic level. I never get tired of them and they look as good on the middle-aged me as they did on the much younger me.

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