Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Good morning, fabulous people, and thanks for dropping by today. I've spent the week making plans for my annual trip to India - I'm normally there around this time of year, but have delayed my holiday on this occasion to be present at my mother's 90th birthday. The original plan was to have a very fancy party and my mother was coyly accepting of it. 'Why do you need to waste money on an old woman' she simpered, until she realised she quite enjoyed a party and wouldn't have to do anything but turn up and look as good as her 90 years would allow. My only surviving sibling however, decided conveniently to take her at her word, and isn't prepared to join in and play ball, so that plan bit the dust, with mum retreating into a 'what's so special about 90, it's just another number' routine, to save face (I think).
We plan a scaled down celebration and hopefully if all goes well, the weather will be kind to me. I will be flying from chilly and cold, to swelteringly hot, and hopping from one air conditioned space to the next, turning into a massive sweatball between the two. It will certainly unclog the old pores and my hair will go frizzy in the humidity - oh well, it sure doesn't sound like I'm looking forward to it - and I'm not, weather wise. However, the rest of the trip should be fun.
This is a very simple necklace, but each of the elements in it are so beautiful that the piece in its entirety is alluring. Rainbow pearls and a large box clasp of a blister pearl when put together are blindingly beautiful and unsurprisingly, this necklace is already spoken for. Blister pearls are bumpy growths formed on the inside surface of a mollusc shell. They are hemispherical or irregular in shape and are cut out with the shell. They are grown intentionally by using a hemispheric nucleus, rather than a round one; and by implanting it against the oyster's shell, rather than within its tissue. The pearl then develops in a hemispheric form, with a flat back.
The necklace can be worn in three ways, with the clasp at the bottom, to one side, or at the back.
The Ottoman Necklace
This necklace looks like something straight out of a seraglio - this is the second one I've had on my website, and I just love the greens, the bling and the heft of the tassel. It is a faux lariat and drips luxury into the decollete' - a blissfully opulent evening necklace.
A Fabergé egg is a jeweled egg created by the House of Fabergé. They were manufactured under the supervision of Peter Carl Fabergé between 1885 and 1917. The most famous are those made for the Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II as Easter gifts for their wives and mothers. Known as the Hens Egg, the very first Fabergé egg was crafted from a foundation of gold. Its opaque white enameled "shell" opened to reveal a matte yellow-gold yolk. This in turn opened to reveal a multicolored gold hen that contained a minute diamond replica of the imperial crown from which a small ruby pendant was suspended, but these last two elements were misplaced or lost..
I found a diamante egg shaped pendant on a website from the USA and was immediately reminded of the Faberge' creations. It hangs from the necklace of blue jade and baroque pearls by a removable bail which has a cunning clasp mechanism that enables you to take it off the necklace - although I cannot imagine why anyone would do that, and a tassel of blue jade beads dripping from it.
The Purple Cross Necklace
The purple cross is reserved for nobility, royalty and courageous animals - and now, one gorgeous and discerning Caprilicious woman. This one is made of titanium vapour coated druzy, set in sterling silver and accented with peridot. I hung it on a gothic necklace of dark blood red garnets and I can imagine it with a dark evening dress and maroon lipstick, and equally in the neckline of a simple shirt and leather jacket. The necklace is meant to sit close to the neck, almost like a choker. The green beads are Murano glass to match the peridot in the pendant.
I've been playing with soutache - the intention is to turn the piece into a butterfly flitting over some very exotic flowers - perhaps from a jungle in the Amazon. I am halfway through it and may have something to show you next week. Just now, it is unfinished and looks rather strange, and like a mother with an ugly infant I love it because it's my creation, but am not sure how it will look in its final avataar. Hopefully it will make more sense as time goes by and it gets over the 'awkward phase'.
That's all I have for you this week, folks. Have a lovely week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.