Hex Amulets: Wherein the Artist Talks too Much About Polygons.

Last June I was tasked, by my grandfather, with making a gift for my mother’s 60th birthday.

The most widely-known birthstone for June is pearl, which I have never seen my mother wear.  I briefly considered black and raven wing pearls, but black is not the color that comes to mind when I think of my mother.  She is airy, and light, and silvery-blue.  She is also a Gemini.  So when, after a little a research, I found that both moonstone and alexandrite have been used for the June birthstone, I was ecstatic.

For her necklace, I created a hexagonal design featuring chenier-set blue moonstone cabochons and faceted alexandrites, with a larger rainbow moonstone in a traditional bezel as the focus.  I loved the design so much that I decided to make it part of my regular offerings, and set out to brainstorm other color combinations that would work.  The first, which as all experiments I kept for myself, is pictured above and features a focal carnelian accented by garnet cabochons and tiny citrine facets.

Those with a keen eye will scrutinize the design and say, “Well, it has the proportions and overall feel of a hexagon, but if you count the sides…it’s actually an octagon.  And a weird dodecahedron.”  I won’t deny that there are actually eight sides on the outer layer and twelve sides on the inner layer of that necklace up there, but there is a method to the design.

Both polygons can be drawn from the same set of circles.  Eight circles are needed to draw a hexagon of these elongated proportions, and when done properly the gem placement reflects key overlap points between the circles, with the focal stone serving to connect all the circles in a central point.  The “blunting” of the tips of the hexagon is not arbitrary, nor the alteration of the hexagon’s longer sides, which is why the design still yields the overall appearance of a true inner hexagon mounted on a sympathetic background.

All this nerdery aside, look for this design in the coming weeks in my shop.  I currently have plans for a green Hex Amulet, featuring peridot and chrome diopside.  And as always, I am open to requests for custom work.

The original necklace, featuring an inner polygon without blunted tips, which I prefer for future designs.