Most of the time I make the jewelry first, but the material was very striking and by this time I rarely ever sold jewelry.
So sewing an outfit was generally inspired by the material and then the jewelry had to be customized for the outfit.
This set took about 2 weeks to make working on it during the evenings. I found he triangle beads in San Francisco at General Bead. I usually let a specific piece inspire the entire design and this was not an exception.
The earing are not as heavy as they appear and are quite comfortable.
The hard part was to find beads that would compliment the beauty of the glass beads.
I ended up buying a sweater to wear with the necklace and earrings. It was difficult to find the right color.
I’m more monochromatic and rarely mix colors so it made it a little more difficult finding the right color sweater that would show off the necklace and not overwhelm it by design or color.
So I took it to a jeweler and had him take the amber off the ring. Then I went back to the bead shop in Berkeley and found these beautiful amberAdd New beads to accent the antique amber from the ring.
The separators are silver. When I tried using gold or brass, they made the set look too ordinary. With the silver framing around the amber piece, the silver beads worked great.