Jewelry designs, garden photos, and anything else that comes to my mind!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ruby Baroque Crystal

These pieces have a very simple design so the focus is on the crystals.  This is Swarovski's "baroque" pendant in the color "ruby", which has more of a blue undertone than a real ruby.
The pendant has many facets and a rippled edge around the bottom and sides.
I used the smaller sized pendants to make matching earrings.  I can't seem to find these pendants in a lot of colors, but I do like this "ruby" color.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Farewell to Autumn

We are losing the autumn colors now, and changing into a black and white palette.  I've seen a lot of gray in the skies lately, so I thought I'd bring out some photos from only a few weeks ago.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Chalk Turquoise with Bamboo Coral Jewelry Set

These chalk turquoise nuggets have an irregular shape and lean towards the green side of turquoise.  I paired them with bamboo coral, which are shaped like gem chips.  I like turquoise and coral together. 
Also in the mix are labradorite rondelles and swarovski vitrail bicones.  Then I made some earrings to match.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Large Green Pearls with Golden Accents

These crystal pearls are described as "evergreen" and they are indeed the color of pine trees.  I added some gold plated pewter beads and caps to the necklace.
If you look closely, you will see I've used Miyuki Delicas in translucent amethyst with an AB coating.  I think the sheer purple sets off the opaque luster of the green pearls nicely.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Black Filigree Beaded Brooches

A while back, I found these black enameled filigree disks.  I'm not always sure if I'm using a component in the manner it was intended, but then again, I'm not sure if it really matters.  I made several brooches with these little filigrees.  The first photo shows the brooch with fuchsia rhinestones and cream pearls. 
This one was done with all green.
White and red.  When I used seed beads rather than perfectly round beads, you can see the thread a little more.
This last one has a red beaded center and heart shaped rhinestones.  I think I'd like this one for Valentine's Day!