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Created by Bess Heitner
This fantastic handmade necklace by Bess Heitner features a handpainted Russian miniature portrait of a beautiful Renaissance lady with complex pearl encrusted hairdo and a mysterious gold/serpent necklace against a radiant background of deep blues, violet and gold. The black onyx pendant has been painstakingly covered with many layers of oil paint, egg tempura, gold foil, and lacquer to create the dramatic effect. The pendant, crowned with a 14K gold rondel and 24K Swarovski crystal, hangs from a gold wire wrapped chain of white freshwater pearls and tiny sparkling Swarovski crystals.