This very long (40″) necklace proved to dramatic for me today. I ended up doubling the chain, knotting it and looping it around my neck.
Super long is interesting, but not practical.
A memory-wire choker with matte czech glass beads and an etched glass cameo. This necklace was part of a collection I did years ago that was picked up by a catalog. They bought about 150 of them, which isn’t a lot but considering it wasn’t a jewelry or apparel catalog that sort of is a lot. The setting on the cameo is open backed so we glued an abalone disc to the back of the glass. You could actually wear this reversed if you wanted.
Today I wore two necklaces (as promised) but honestly, I do this a lot.
The shorter choker is from the old days and I made it as part of a collection I did for Bedizen called Vegas Wedding. We had a lot of love- and wedding-themed charms and that desert palette. The necklace is strung on memory wire, a product I really like for making chokers. It can be worn with out actually choking the wearer.
Those beads are a mix of Czech glass and some vintage 40’s carnelian glass rounds that I had a 10 lb. bag of at one time. I used them in so many collections I thought they’d never run out. Sadly, they did. Bone dice, stars, flowers are from China. The small red beads that are coming off the memory wire strand are real red coral from back before we realized we shouldn’t be making important animals like coral into beads.
Those painted ceramic bird beads? I had forgotten all about them and now that I remember them I dug out the name of the folks I purchased them from. I think I need more.
The orangey long necklace is made of many, many strands of silver-lined red glass beads. It’s really a hank; strung on cotton thread and knotted. It was a gift from a friend after I came to her wedding ceremony. It’s really pretty and I don’t know if she knew I would wear the hank just like that or she thought I would restring it. I like it as-is.
It’s a perfect summer necklace as it’s bright and really disco-looking but also doesn’t actually match a single thing I own.
Currently that ‘not quite matching’ element is very appealing to me.