Eclectic Design Choices
I love working with cultured freshwater pearls. I especially enjoy using naturally colored pearls in white, cream, peach and lavender. I often pair pearls with crystal, gemstones, coral, metal and glass beads. Unless I have a custom request that I need to find specific materials for, I enjoy picking up what "speaks to me" when I go to market. I find that something else that I already have or will trip across shortly will be a perfect fit for it.
An example of this is the pearl n red coral necklace (shown at the top). The carved red coral beads caught my eye early in the day so I picked out three that went well together. Later that day, I found a strand of very white and well matched pearls and a strand of nice coral branch pieces. I later picked matching pieces from the strand of coral branches and along with the white pearls, the carved coral beads and sterling silver findings, I designed a necklace and earring set. I love the contrast between the bright white pearls and the vivid red coral beads and branch pieces.
The subtle shades of the strand of pearls that I used in this twisted pearl and crystal necklace and earring set complemented two strands of crystals that I had in my stock of materials. I beaded up the strand of pearls taking care to match the colors of the pearls that would be opposite each other in the necklace as well as a strand of the crystal beads with a repeating pattern of the two colors. I combined these strands with a twist and made a matching pair of jointed, dangle earrings using the same materials.
The pendant drop of the peach pearl necklace lay waiting for the right materials to go with it for over a year. I eventually found a strand of naturally colored peach freshwater pearls that picked up the peachy tones in the blister pearl pendant perfectly. I interspersed crystal beads between the pearls to finish off this elegant necklace.
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