During my years of learning French at the Alliance Française de Bangalore, I had the good fortune of having many wonderful teachers, all with their own style of making the language beautiful for us. The one person who was MOST inspirational, with her passion for French and for teaching, was Mrs. Vidya Suresh. She is one of those teachers who you look at and think, "that's who I want to be when I grow up!" :)
During her course, she introduced us to a story close to her heart, Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and read us a beautiful quote from it.
"On ne voit bien qu'avec le coeur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux."
This means, "One cannot see well but with the heart. The essential is invisible to the eyes".
Such a simple expression pregnant with meaning!
When I decided to start creating jewelry with quotes on it, this was the very first quote that came to mind and I made the necklace immediately.
I created the pendant with two heart shaped, thick (18 gauge) copper bases. I hand stamped the words "ON NE VOIT BIEN QU' AVEC LE COEUR" and hammered and textured them. Then I attached the small heart to the large one with fine copper wire, accented by a few copper rounds beads and a delicate handmade polymer clay rose in a deep red (burgundy) color.
Then I attached the pendant to a solid copper cable chain with a handmade copper clasp.
I put the necklace through an antiquing rainbow patina process to add depth to the designs and hand polished it to bring out the details and give it an old world charm.