Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello folks, thank you for joining me again today. I've been a bit under the weather this week and have had to will myself to better health. The latter half of the week has been spent in Manchester at a meeting to do with the day job, that had to be attended as part of a long standing commitment.
I took delivery of a bunch of little silver pendants from a vendor in Indonesia and this time I went for bright colours and contemporary shapes. The pendants look lovely on their own, and I hope that any way I choose to string them will enhance them. I especially love the black pendant - it is pyrite in black magnetite and the stone at the bottom is a rough black tourmaline. I have no plans for any of them as yet, and that's part of the fun of it all - I never know what's going to emerge until it does.
The pendant is made from a stone called Rainbow Calsilica - it is a manmade stone, but nevertheless very pretty. It reminds me of Fordite which is basically layers of paint cut into slabs and cabochons. Rainbow Calsilica is bright and colourful and this pendant has a dragonfly hovering over it and is accented with peridot and garnets. The pendant has such a happy vibe that I thought it would be a complete shame to string it with a monochromatic necklace.
I borrowed a bit of style and penchant for colour from the Italians for inspiration and pulled out a bunch of colour enhanced jade teardrop beads. I've been people watching in quite a few Italian cities, and the women always look relaxed and elegant, as if they take ages to put themselves together. But, as I discovered when I met a couple of them, their secret is in the casual flinging on of a colourful accessory over a simple and well cut monochromatic outfit. There's always a splash of colour - a scarf, a necklace, a belt or coloured shoes. Describing Italian women, I have several thoughts in my mind - mainly 'easygoing sex appeal' and 'bombshell'. I have tried to put these thoughts into this piece of jewellery - I want it to shriek sunshine and Vespas, Roman Holiday and fruit trees in the summer. I was idly leafing through my pictures from a visit to Venice and these are some of the pictures that inspired the necklace I called Mambo Italiano
So here it is, Mambo Italiano in Burano colours........
I made this one a couple of weeks ago - it is of silvered blue glass and freshwater pearls - pretty, simple and easy to wear. It looks very pale in comparison to the one above - but hey! some people like bright and some like pale and interesting. Me? I'm a true Caprilicious woman - it depends on my mood, the lunar cycle, the weather, and whatever dictates my capricious little mind!
So as you're reading this, I am up in Manchester at the Safety Collaborative waiting to get back home to Mike and Wilfred. That's all I have for you this week, folks. I'll catch you next Friday, same place, same time, in the meanwhile, have a great week