Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Inspired by Books Reading Club with Andrew Thornton

Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik is the featured read for Andrew Thorton's Inspired by Reading Club on Face book.  While Paris is the city of lights, this non-fiction work left me in the dark as I found the author's work tedious.  It did however, spark a memory of Paris in a different era, an era of dark Gothic shadows, a story of unrequited love, and beautiful gypsy girl, and a pitiful hunchback. Yes, Paris is shrouded deeply in its violent past.
The epic tale takes place in the Notre Dame Cathedral, known for its elaborate stonework and eerily watchful gargoyles. I decided to create a necklace that evokes just a bit of that old Gothic feeling, featuring a gargoyle pendant and added Swarovski emeralds for Esmerelda, clear rhinestones for the water she gave Quasimodo when no one else would, and a pearl drop for the purity of the hunchback's sacrifice.
Next month's  A Rumor of Gems promises to be a great read.  Check back next month for the continuing story of Andrew's Book Club.  Viva  Andrew!


  1. The stamping you found is perfect for the Gothic feel you were going after. Great necklace. I also found the book tedious and did not finish it.

  2. I agree that the book was somewhat tedious. But I'm happy to see that you were able to pull some imagery from it and relate it to another work and build from that!

    The piece you created is really lovely. It has a very vintage feel to it and I love all the textures and sparkles of crystal. The big pearl at the bottom is simply sumptuous and I think it really does a lot to convey the Parisian feel. Great job!

    And thank you so much for participating in the book club! I'm so pleased to see folks trying it out. This was a particularly challenging title for this project, but I think everyone did a wonderful job! So thank you again!

  3. I love book clubs!
    New work lovely ...

  4. Your necklace is beautiful Sharon. I love that it is so rich in the lore of Paris and that each stone and the focal have a special meaning. It will be a great piece to wear and feel like you are in Paris experiencing its Gothic past!!

  5. Oh Sharon, your necklace is gorgeous and it has a truly french feeling to it:-)

  6. Dear Sharon,
    Thank you so much for your kind words...
    They mean so. Much to us.

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