InstructionsKeep it light-hearted and dainty.
Type of item: Accessory
Style: Romantic, Whimsical, Cute
Aventurine chips, Fluorite barrels, silver-filled disc spacers and Aventurine pendant. Beadalon beading wire and silver-plated findings, including extender chain.
What was your inspiration?
I wanted to make a necklace for a shy young girl at my church who is entering college for the first time. On a whim, in deciding on what beads to use, I consulted a list of ancient traditions about the metaphysical properties of certain gemstones. Therefore, I chose: Aventurine to enhance the intellect and mental clarity, to impart a sense of calm and balance, and to encourage leadership qualities. Fluorite because it is calming and peaceful, useful in getting your thoughts in order, and it is thought to amplify analytical abilities -- in short a good study-aid.
What are you most proud of?
That the finished product is dainty and age-appropriate for a young girl, but is still lively and colorful.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Whether you believe in the ancient gemstone attributes or not, it's as good a method as any for choosing component gemstone beads when making a piece for someone in particular.