Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello folks, thanks for dropping by at Caprilicious Jewellery today.
The skies finally opened and rained poured from the clouds, but unfortunately for me the lovely heat wave broke on the day I had people coming round to our place for a barbeque.
The day before the barbecue I downloaded the BBC weather app and the Accuweather app and spent anxious moments between prepping the food anxiously swapping between the two. The rain poured as if it had all been stored up for that one day. However, there was a happy ending - it stopped raining just as the guests arrived and we relaxed in the garden.
Fire and Ice
The anxiety of the weather watch exhausted me and it took me a while to recover. A rummage through my stash of beads soon inspired me to make a necklace that I long had in mind to create. The lava beads in this necklace appear spongy from the time when bubbles of gas escaped from them as the magma boiled and flowed from the volcano where they came from. The icy blue quartz beads are gently faceted and provide a perfect foil to the black lava beads. A box clasp set with a blue topaz finishes the necklace beautifully.
Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Perhaps a strange name for a necklace? Well, this is a novel written by Jules Verne which inspired a video game of the same name. The story is set in Iceland which is such a mystical, magical place that it seemed to me that the geodes of amethyst used in this necklace could easily have come from there. I racked my brains as to what I could use as a focal point to the necklace without detracting from the beauty of the geodes. These beads are very hard to come by and I've been looking for them for years. They are relatively expensive and I thought long and hard before I hit the 'pay' button. However, I'd wanted them for ages, and searched so hard for them that I had to have them. I put the string of beads away, taking them out at regular intervals and stroking them, turning them over in my hands like Gollum. And now, I've released them from my stash with the addition of a silver amulet.
The geode beads appear as if they have been tipped with ice crystals and I just love the way they look. No photograph can do them justice, and my skills aren't good enough to show off the beauty of these geodes. You'll just have to take my word for it. The necklace sits close to the neck and is finished with a toggle clasp, and in my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful pieces I have made.
That's me for today, folks. Have a great week, and I'll catch you next week, same time, same place.