I wanted to create a necklace and earrings set just for me. I rarely make them items specifically for my use, usually I end up with the experiments that are not of sufficient quality to sell. It had to be a practical set, as I intend to wear them at a Copper Sheet Workshop with designer Gemma Crow. So nothing too statement, as that would get in the way of the work.
I hoard gemstones, think Smaug and you may be getting close to the size of my stash. Now and again, I have bought some high end gemstones with the intention of making myself something with them. I immediately went to them first to create my necklace. The ones I chose were: tanzanite, aquamarine, pearl, morganite and beryl. The colours went amazingly well together.
This was when I discovered that I was using the 2 ‘Pantone Colors of the Year‘. They are rose quartz – a delicate pink tone, and serenity – a delicate blue. Apparently they reflect connection and well being. It was an act of serendipity that I chose the colours that are the in colours of the year. I just like pastel colours, particularly in gemstones.
Now, you may have noticed that these are all very small gemstones, so I was restricted to what I could do with them. I did not want to use wirework, I did not have any 925 silver wire that these gemstones deserve. A simple stringing, though pretty, is not really my personal style. I decided on a traditional 3 strand weave. A simple weave, one of the first I ever did, but it looks so high end when finished. It works best when there are different shapes and textures of beads. I was worried this would not work because you need to thread 2 beading wires through one of the beads to make it work. Luckily both the beryl and the aquamarine had big enough holes for this.
I am really very pleased with the finished piece, and have started wearing it already. The gemstones really sparkle in the sun.