Wednesday 13 February 2008

Deep, dark and mysterious

A friend asked me for a remake of a necklace in my 'made' album, it varies slightly from the original. The main stones are lepidolite and black onyx, with sterling silver accents. She was delighted with the result.

Tuesday 12 February 2008

Dramatic Vermeil with Pearls

In this pearl necklace somewhere between burgundy and plum with copper tints, the vermeil spacers are concentrated more to the front of the piece.

I had just two pearls left to make the matching earrings, so I had fun finding a way of giving them some bulk and movement and my friend for whom I made this set loved the lightness and the drape of both.

Pearls with Silver and Gold accents

At last the long-promised pictures of some of my pearl necklaces where I have combined stranding on silk with sterling silver and/or vermeil (=goldplated silver) spacer beads.

The pearls still drape beautifully and the precious metals add a touch of class without over doing it!

The olivy-bronzy pearls have been interspersed with lovely vermeil spacers which add extra light and sheen.

This is a really classy jumbo rice pearl necklace with just a touch of gold at the front, as well as the lovely gilt silver C-clasp which is like the one on the following potato pearl necklace.

Here I have used a gilt silver clasp and alternated sterling silver and gold filled bali-type spacers. The pearls for the earrings have not had the finishing ear hook attached yet.

I love these long squiggly pearls, they are fun and hang beautifully from the 14K gold filled posts with ball.

The silver spacers are very subtle in this two-strand champagne pearl necklace.