I got the idea for this piece from the Australian sapphire briolette. I thought it looked just like a drop of lifegiving water. The bird is carrying the drop of water to its love, the rose.
I999,925,18ct yellow gold , lapis lazuli beads, Australian sapphire briolette
My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a watered shoot:
My heart is like an apple-tree
Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these
Because my love is come to me.
Raise me a dais of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleur-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.
Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)