Madonna del Ghisallo Necklace
Madonna del Ghisallo is a hill near Lake Como, Italy with a church that sits atop it. The hill is part of several prominent bike races and became a popular stop for cyclists. A local priest proposed that La Madonna del Ghisallo be declared the patroness of cyclists, and this proclamation was confirmed by Pope Pius XII. Today the spot hosts a shrine, small cycling museum, and an eternal flame for cyclists who have died.
DC Designer Kate Ahern reached out to me to commission a pendant necklace with the likeness of Madonna del Ghisallo. She sent me a rough drawing she made along with some ideas to try. Using her design, I created a 3D model of the piece, which underwent several rounds of editing to get it just right. This is the most complex and intricate piece created to date, and working with another designer proved to be an amazing collaboration! Kate was up for sharing her design with everyone, so here it is for purchase.
May the Patron Saint of Bicyclists watch over and protect anyone who wears this piece of jewelry.
Product Info: The pendant measures 1" in height.
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