Beaded Jewelry, Part Two

I figured it was time for another beaded jewelry blog so here goes (for those who don’t appreciate beads and jewelry, come back another day, okay?):

Aventurine and silver bracelet

1) This bracelet is silver with a toggle clasp and pale green beads of Aventurine. Also known as Adventurine, this gemstone is said to bring good luck, particularly in financial matters. Who doesn’t need good luck there?? Aventurine stimulates creativity and intelligence, too, so perhaps I should glue it to my wrist!

“Y” necklace

2) Next is a silver chain Y-necklace, approximately 12 inches in length. Named for the way it forms a letter Y around the face, this style of necklace gained popularity two decades(!) ago with TV shows like Melrose Place and Friends. I’ve been seeing quite a few of them in jewelry stores lately, so it must be making a comeback (if it ever left!) Anyway, mine features 6mm peach and forest green beads, interspersed with faux pearl and peach beads. Its matching earrings dangle about two inches in length and have a fishhook ear wire.

Lapis chandelier earrings

3) Chandeliers, again! This pair, frankly, was a horror to make, thanks to the teeny-tiny space for inserting the beads. Nine dark blue (well, in reality, they’re darker than the picture!) lapis lazuli beads decorate this delicate silver-shaped piece, bringing the total earring length to about three inches. A leverback ear wire provides safety from accidental loss. Surprisingly, this pair is lighter than it looks and, because of all the lapis beads, it makes a delightful tinkling sound when your head moves. By the way, lapis lazuli is a perfect gemstone for emotional healing and stability. Also, it’s said to cleanse the spirit, bringing out inner truth and peace.

Anklet

4) This is an anklet in natural shell stones and various colorful beads. The clasp is interesting in that you unscrew one silver piece from the other to open it, then screw them back together to close. I imagine that would make for a very secure piece of jewelry. I photographed it on a beach towel because to me, these khaki-colored shells scream for a suntan (yes, even a “bottle tan” will suffice!); besides, anklet bracelets are made for sandals, not snow boots!

That’s all for now. I’ll post some more pieces at a later date, if anyone shows interest in seeing them!

12 thoughts on “Beaded Jewelry, Part Two

  1. Beautiful works of art, Debbie! I love that each piece has its own story and reminds me that our stories are like jewels as we string together each little gem of a scene into a story! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks for your encouragement, Kathy! I find beading is challenging yet relaxing, a definite departure from the cerebral act of writing. I like your comparison, too!

  2. The anklet is my favorite and the clasp is perfect for keeping is secure. The colors are so easy and happy. All the pieces are beautiful, of-course, but after the Fourth of July easy and happy speaks to me!
    Lot’s of talent and creativity!

  3. I’m a little jealous of you (in a good way) because beading is something I do not have a knack for. I love the ankle bracelet. Would you ever consider making any pieces to sell?

    • Your question, Janna, is music to my ears! I’ve often been asked by people who see me wearing my creations where they can purchase them. I suspect there’s a definite market there, but thus far, I haven’t had the time or energy to do what’s necessary — create a Website, photograph each piece, write a description of each piece, price each piece, etc.– not when I have my Web Design business to run, as well as novels to write! Just you wait — you think when the kids get off to college you’ll have more time. Right!

  4. I just came onto your post and found it quite interesting. I am also associated with Beaded Jewelry, Hip Hop Jewelry and enjoy to read the stuff on the same as its rarely found on internet. Thanks again for writing such a good post.

    • Hi and Welcome! I’m honored that you saw fit to leave a complimentary comment on my blog. I’ve taken the liberty of browsing your site as well, and oh, my, what beautiful work you do! Mine is strictly amateur in comparison with yours, but I so love doing it. It’s just a hobby right now, but who knows the future? Again, thank you so much for visiting!

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