I have always been a deep admirer of Kotomi Yamamura's work--
She is a London-based artist who uses polymer clay as the basis for
her respendent Renaissance-style jewels--and in addition to being a
classically trained dancer, she is also a wonderful photographer,
painstakingly recording the jewelry collections in museums for the
benefit of those of us who cannot pop over across the pond to get our
inspiration first hand; we owe her a serious debt. I always wanted to
try my hand at her style, and when I recently came into possession of
some vintage glass cabs and stone pendants, just had to give it a
whirl. Mine of course, are much cruder....
Go look at Kotomi's work for the real deal.