The warm rosy copper glow of the scalloped outer spiral, accented perfectly by the spiral of rhinestones within. It’s a completely different mood than the more common McClelland Barclay pieces, finding a balance between the softer edge and the geometric structure Barclay always loved. This time, it’s the Fibonacci Sequence, sometimes called the music of the Universe because it describes the spiral of a planetary orbit, taking the lead, rather than simple symmetry.
Research for specific McCelland Barclay pieces can be sketchy, but his final designs created while in the Navy are all steeped in his deep love of the sea. He sent the designs back to his manufacturer in the States. This is one of his last creations; In 1943, his ship went down with all hands in the Solomon Islands.
The design measures 60 mm across at it’s widest point. There was a war on, so unlike his earlier pieces, this one is copper plated over an alloy base metal. The finish has a bit of wear, particularly at the scalloped edge, and two of the rhinestones have very slight darkening. The back is signed Barclay and the clasp is in excellent working order. Overall weight for this piece is 30 grams.
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Please take your time with the photos and consider them part of the description. Let me know if you have any questions and feel free to check out the many copper & bronze designs available in my shop! Purchases from the WhyteWing website benefit The Trevor Project, but if you are more comfortable making your purchase on a platform like Etsy, this nautilus brooch is listed in my shop there as well.