Type of item: Accessory
Aqua Terra Jasper, sterling silver, sterling chain, Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls, mainly. The long piece is basically 4 sections - 2 strung and 2 wired, connected by 2 pieces of chain. The piece can be worn so than the large crystal hangs at the front or at the side; if it's at the front, the toggle clasp is at the side and the pretty group of crystals, pearls, etc. hangs down the lovely lady's neck for a couple of inches.
What was your inspiration?
I'd been wanting to work a piece with some chain, and also with some wired pieces. I'd begun the piece strung, but I decided to stop and make a connection with chain to a wired section. After that, the main structure was decided. But I wanted to add some interest to the chain sections with drops made from crystal, pearl, etc. In the end, one drop has both of those plus a Czech glass bead, a lime quartz teardrop bead, and a map to the London Underground. (Just checking to see if anyone is reading this).
What are you most proud of?
My wired connections are getting to be pretty darn close to - well, round! And I really like the name for this one, because the aqua terra beads do look like little earths, and the pearls come from the water and the crystals are fiery in appearance.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Use a palette, because there are a pretty good number of beads in this necklace; and be patient. It's a time burner. But the aqua terra beads are fun to work with. They look like little earths with continents on top of seas.