Mermaid Crown to be exhibited at Sanibel festival
The Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club recently announced that jewelry designer and artist Todd Alan, of Sarasota, will display his creation “The Mermaid Crown” at the Sanibel Shell Festival on March 5-7 at The Community House on Sanibel.
According to Alan, the idea of the crown expresses his love of the oceans. He rented a cottage in 2014 in Key West, where he had always been inspired artistically. Alan worked eight hours a day for a month, and by the end of his stay the basic form and direction of the crown had come into being. Over the next five years, he worked on the crown as time and materials allowed until it was completed.
The crown is about 4 inches tall in the front, 7 inches wide and 8 inches deep. For materials, Alan chose 14-karat green gold as the main metal, accented with platinum. The stones on the crown include 60 clear diamonds, 22 teal diamonds, 28 green sapphires, and three Paraiba-colored tourmalines.
Alan is a self-taught artist, and over his career he has developed his own methods of creation. His career began when he made rings for Pennsic, a medieval event in Pennsylvania. During the 20 years that he was associated with it, Alan created many pieces of jewelry for the medieval re-enactment.
With the success of his online store about 2005, he began honing his skills, making over 16,000 wedding and engagement rings. Alan also created a line of shell and coral jewelry using actual shells and coral for the molds. With the castings, he creates jewelry of golden seascapes. The line and his other jewelry with be available for purchase at the Sanibel Shell Festival.
For more information, visit www.sites.google.com/site/sanibelshellfestival.