"Octavia" is my newest piece of jewelry, and my first major piece of jewelry since my second son was born more than three years ago. It sure is good to be back creating again! She was constructed in the Byzantine Triad chainmaille weave using 14kt gold-filled rings and top quality rainbow obsidian beads. I've always loved movies/shows based on ancient Rome and when I devised this variation of the Byzantine chainmaille weave it reminded me of the elaborate jewelry worn by the women of ancient Rome.
Octavia the Younger (69 BC – 11 BC), also known as Octavia Minor or simply Octavia, was the sister of the first Roman Emperor, Augustus (known also as Octavian)...One of the most prominent women in Roman history, Octavia was respected and admired by contemporaries for her loyalty, nobility and humanity, and for maintaining traditional Roman feminine virtues. (Wikipedia)