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posted by Colleen Shirazi, February 7, 2008 at 4:21 PM (Pacific)

Playing with a new design today. Actually it takes me at least three days now, most of the time, to finish a single design. I'll come up with something, then start wearing it, or start thinking it's too ordinary...how can I make it more special?

This will be the first time I've had to counter-weight a necklace, beyond adding a couple of beads in the back and/or a heavier clasp. This design uses a lot of stones...seven green amethysts and six prehnites. I love how it looks but it is heavy in front. I put a small chain and an extra vermeil bead in the back. I wore it a few hours today...there is a noticeable difference from adding the weight in the back. It feels noticeably lighter on.

On a side note, the green amethyst is beautiful. I prefer that the color is subtle. I read on the Net that true prasiolite, commonly called green amethyst, is either rare or non-existent (depending on which site you consult). Most of what is sold as prasiolite is heat-treated amethyst.

I'll have a picture of it when it's 100% finished.

My next projects...replicate this:

aquamarine and goldfilled chain necklace


I promised to make a copy of this for a friend. I've gotten some higher-grade aquamarine...so much of what is sold in shops and even at bead shows, is dyed, or otherwise not very good quality. I have a much nicer aquamarine drop for the front, so I might tinker some with the design, but it's basically going to be a y-necklace on long-and-short chain.

For earrings...I have some I've never photographed that, though they're not particularly sophisticated, I like. They're just tumbled nuggets of aquamarine, undyed but probably grade C, wrapped at the top in goldfilled wire, stuck on niobium earring wires. The color makes them look pretty.

Or I could take my small rondelles of higher grade aquamarine and fiddle around with them, maybe something similar to the gold ones here:

sapphire earrings


Another project...I have to wait until I can get some oxidized sterling chain. I'm not completely ga-ga for the current oxidized silver trend...it looks nice, it's just not something I'm normally wear myself. But the green amethysts would look great with oxidized silver. Probably better than with gold in fact...I went with gold for the first green amethyst project because it looks fancier. The silver project would be more casual.

I have some other things in mind as well, but, as I may have mentioned earlier, my plans for 2008 are to make overall fewer pieces, but better ones.

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