Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello, how's it going with you? Autumn has come to us and the poor leaves are all dropping off the trees, giving hubby something to do, sweeping them off our property, only to have them all back the next day. I say nothing, it keeps him busy and out of mischief. Everyone goes Ooh and Aah! about the autumnal colours, forgetting that they represent the death of the poor leaves. The clocks have gone back an hour and they had the bloomin' indecency to do it when I was on call, forcing me to work an extra hour that night, Pah!
If I sound fed up, it's probably because I am. But hey, we're all in it together, so I shall have to pull my socks up and get on with it, along with the rest of you. I want to have a little party, or get on a plane and fly off somewhere - but I guess you all want the same too. In the meantime, let's talk jewellery, my favourite subject.
This necklace is inspired by someone who is crazy about pearls - it's all pearls , pearls , pearls with her. A pack of pastel dyed baroque pearls arrived in the post and I decided I was going to go for broke and put the lot into one necklace. The clasps are very recent acquisitions. I've been looking at the necklace stacks that have become so a la mode on Instagram and Pinterest - I've been making necklace stacks for a while, so I thought I'd try a new style this time.
I made the first using four strings of pearls - it measures just over 60" long and can be wrapped around the neck as many times as required - it can go on tight, like a choker, or loosely. The clasp is worn to the front with a baroque pearl dangling from it. In addition, a second shorter necklace, with yet another rectangular clasp and baroque pearl is added to the original necklace, giving a tousled, tumbled look. Chains and charms can be added to this ensemble, depending on how bohemian the wearer is. I've just left it at two pieces, to be purchased and worn together, although a more timid wearer might wish to separate them. The second necklace is made of matte fluorite beads in a sea-foam green and dull grape, and it is shorter than the pearl necklace at only 16".
There's lashings of diamanté elements, all in micro pavé settings which I prefer, as the little stones are set so closely together that the metal hardly shows - they are set deep within the grooves of the metal to create a seamless look that resembles cobblestones. Micro-pavé settings are created with stones that are uniform in size and laid out in a honeycomb-like arrangement over the surface. They require a microscope to set as the diamanté are usually smaller than 1.4mm in diameter.
There are also bright enamelled harlequin colours in the clasp, baroque pearls from Bali that I picked up in Malaysia, and electroplated ceramic spacers to add bling and colour to the piece. In today's world of working from home and meetings on Zoom, all these elements matter and help to give the wearer the right kind of visibility.
Now I know I said that jewellery is my favourite subject - but I am an obstetrician and gynaecologist - I just realised that I've been a consultant for 21 years, not to mention the eight years of training in the UK and a few more in India - jeez, that makes me feel old! However, in my long practice as a ObGyn I've never had the occasion to say that it is my favourite subject, nor have I had a wish to talk about it. However, I recently came across a blog written by Jen Gunter, an ObGyn from Canada who writes about the subject that is so close to her heart - and writes so well, and so humorously, that I felt I should share it with you. Have fun - I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
Just a quick reminder, it is Caprilicious' 9th birthday on the 6th of November and I have a promotion running - a 25% discount till midnight on the 6th - use the code HappyNinth at the checkout.
That's me for this week, folks. Have a wonderful week, and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.