Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Good day, readers. Thanks for joining me at Chez Caprilicious. What can I say, the sun is still shining (for now) and the bees are buzzing, and everyone is happy. Apart from a few curmudgeons, that is - those who are grumbling about being fed up of the heat and wanting the rain to come back. Well, they won't have to wait long, as the weather is expected to break this afternoon, with thundershowers predicted - and of course, as we don't do things by halves, there may even be flash floods! Still, we've had a straight run of almost four weeks of pure, undiluted sunshine and being able to wear our summer clothes without cardigans and sweaters over them.
I normally make colourful jewellery, but the weather over the week just gone by has inspired me to ratchet up my love for vibrancy to an even higher level. My first piece is made from turquoise dyed magnesite. The beads are slab nuggets, with the holes going through the centre of each bead so that they stack up beautifully, giving the necklace a texture that is quite unique. I added a chunk of raw amethyst to the centre of the necklace, adding to it's tactility and called it Ferideh, which is an old Arabic name, meaning 'unique'. A few Nepalese beads inlaid with coral and turquoise added even more colour to the piece. I loved it so much that I borrowed the necklace to wear at an interview - as an interviewer, I hasten to add. My days of being an interviewee are long gone, hopefully.
And as if Ferideh wasn't colourful enough, I took inspiration for the next piece from the Pushkar camel fair in Rajasthan. The caravans of camels are so highly decorated that they manage to alter the dry desert landscape for the duration. I used a Nepalese pendant and added all the colourful howlite I had in my stash to create this one. The aim is for the wearer to feel confident, glamorous, and sure of herself, knowing that she is dressed to attract attention and compliments. One couldn't help but feel fabulous in this piece, in my opinion.
I thought I'd play you a rendition of Caravan as sung by one of my favourite singers, Laura Fygi - I have all her albums and they are all uniformly fabulous. I hope to be able to hear her live someday but she doesn't seem to come to the UK, so we'll have to go over to wherever she's playing a gig. She sings in a multitude of European languages and I think I prefer her songs in French than English - do Google her and see what you think.
That's me for this week folks, thanks for dropping by. Have a wonderful week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.