Tygart Cage Necklace
Reminiscent of a crystal clear lake, fibrous golden stands run through rutilated quartz in this necklace. Following the curves of the rose-cut stone, I cage-set in oxidized sterling silver. At 18” long it is an easy to wear, everyday piece.
I named this necklace, Tygart, after a river in West Virginia. Crisp and clear, I remember my surprise as a child when I saw my feet wading over stones through its water.
I grew up on the other river, the West Fork. Muddy with orange mine polluted tributaries, I once got in deep trouble for jumping in the dirty West Fork. My Mom listing weird diseases as she scrubbed me.
The Tygart, though, is a summer dream of state parks and lakes and people in pontoon boats, or so it always seemed to me.
Let’s not get into what happens when the Tygart meets the West Fork, becomes The Mon River, and slowly works its way north to Pittsburgh. Let’s not think about aging power stations that ignore regulations, or the fracking waste water companies who have been busted dumping on her shores. No, let’s save that for another day, let’s just sit here and slip our feet into the cool Tygart, and dream of how we should spend our lives hidden away on one of her river islands and never float downstream.