Finding A Buyer
It took many months for the brothers to slowly and meticulously assemble the necklace. Dvalinn carefully trimmed the excess gold, and then smoothed, and polished the main section of the necklace to a very high shine. Berling carefully engraved beautifully intertwined serpents into the soft surface of the gold, and Grer attached with small golden rings the gold plates in which the gemstones would be set. The work was long and hard, and when the main body of necklace itself was done, they had to wait for their youngest brother Alfrik to finish with the gemstones.
The diamond consumed almost a full year of Alfrik's time and effort. He had to carefully and painstakingly slowly cut the diamond perfectly to the shape and size that he wanted for the necklace. The young diamond cutter could not believe is great luck in finding such a wonderful gemstone. The diamond could be viewed from any angle and no matter how carefully you studied the gem you could not see even the slightest flaw. The diamond was perfect !
The ruby was the next gem to be cut with great precision. Alfrik did not make the ruby with as many facets as the diamond because he did not want the red gemstone to compete with the centerpiece. The deep rich color of the stone was magnificent, however, and the gem stood out all on its own. And yet it did not seem to rival the diamond in beauty, but instead complemented it perfectly.
The emerald, sapphire, and opal gemstones did not take as long to finish as the ruby, but they were just as spectacular. Each stone's color and shape, when arranged on his table in a similar fashion to how they would hang on the necklace, blended together to make a wonderfully artistic pattern. They colors reminded Alfrik a little of Bifrost, the Asgardian's rainbow bridge !
When Alfrik felt that the gemstones were as absolutely perfect as he could make them, he handed them to his brother Grer to place them in their gold settings. Realizing how hard his brothers had worked on the necklace placed a great burden of responsibility on his shoulders. Grer was extra careful placing the five stones in the necklace. So careful in fact that it took him almost two weeks to finish his work.
Dvalinn polished the necklace one last time before placing it in a special box he had constructed for the piece. The box was made of the finest oak, and opened and closed on golden hinges. The inside of the box was covered in a black material, and little golden spikes were nailed into the bottom to hold the necklace in place as if it were hanging around a neck. The top of the box was covered in gold leaf with the name ' Brisingamen ' engraved in the middle .
The brothers knew that they had made a piece of jewelry of the finest quality, but they did not realize its true beauty until they saw the golden necklace set against the black background in the box. The brothers stood in stunned silence gazing at their work for quite some time. Only when Grer, their usually stoic brother, began to weep did they realize that they had achieved the ultimate height of perfection in what they had crafted.
The next day the brothers traveled to the shop of the biggest merchant in all of Brising. The owner, a Dwarve named Niping, was known for purchasing and selling rare and valuable items. Unlike many of the local dealers Niping was famous for dealing his goods throughout the nine worlds. And he was one of only a few Dwarves who dealt directly with the Gods of Asgard and Vanaheim.
As they entered Niping's place of business they were awed by the incredible items that were out on display. Everywhere they looked they saw swords with golden hilts, silver handled axes, golden arm rings, statues, and in one corner of the shop there was a golden high - seat with beautiful red cushions !
A small Dwarve suddenly appeared to greet them. He was dressed in very fine clothes and acted as if he were in a hurry.
" I am Niping and I run this establishment. " the little Dwarve told them. " May I help you gentlemen ? " he asked politely.
Before they could answer he added : " Are you buying or selling ? "
Dvalinn, as the eldest, stepped forward and placed the box on a chest that was displayed to their right.
" We are selling my friend ! " Dvalinn told him confidently.
Niping quickly picked up the box, and examined it very closely.
" Yes ! Yes ! A very fine piece !! I will give you five gold coins for it ! " he told them as he reached into his pocket to pay them.
Grer grabbed Niping's hand and would not let him pull it out of his pocket.
" What we are selling is in the box my little friend ! " Grer told the proprietor firmly.
Niping raised his eyebrows and placed the box back on the chest. Grer released his other hand, and the little merchant slowly opened the box. As the lid fell open Niping's eyes nearly popped out of his head, and his mouth dropped open. For a moment the merchant, who had seen some of the most beautiful items in all the nine worlds, stood silently gazing down at the necklace in the box.
When the shock passed the shop owner reached into one of his pockets and pulled out a pair of white gloves. Then, after he put on the gloves, he pulled out a piece of glass that magnified from a pouch around his waist.
" I have seen Thor's hammer ! I have seen Gungnir, Odin's spear ! And I have seen Freyr's golden boar Gullinbursti ! But I have never seen anything as beautiful as this ! " he told the brothers.
Berling then spoke up .
" And how much will you give us for this most beautiful necklace ? " he asked with a grin.
Niping put the glass back in his pocket, closed the lid of the box, and began to take off his white gloves.
" Nothing ! " he told them bluntly.
" WHAT ?!!! " the brothers yelled in unison.
Niping gave the strangers a smug look before replying.
" Well ! I am afraid that the only beings who could afford such a piece as this are the Gods. And I think that this necklace, beautiful as it is, may be too much even for them ! " he explained to the brothers.
Alfrik stepped forward and grabbed Niping's arm !
" We worked so very hard on this wonderful piece of jewelry ! " he told the shop keeper. " Are you sure that you could not find a buyer for this necklace ? " he asked in a begging tone.
" I know that Mother Frigga would not wear something as extravagant as this...... but Freyja..... now she might just be interested in your necklace ! " he told them.
Niping then opened the box again and looked inside.
" And you are in luck my friends, she is coming here tomorrow to purchase a golden mirror, inlaid with diamonds, that I have set aside for her. Yes ! Come tomorrow and I will introduce you to the Goddess..... and if she buys the necklace I will only expect a ten percent finders fee for setting up the sale. " he told the brothers.
Dvalinn reached over and closed the lid. He then placed the box under his arm.
" Then we will be back tomorrow my friend ! " Dvalinn told the merchant.
- End Chapter 3
- Next : Chapter 4 : A Steep Price To Pay !
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2015.