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Fashion Notes: Happy Valentine's Day!

Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, February 15, 2008 4:22 PM (Eastern)

handmade rose quartz necklace with hill tribe fine silver pendant

Okay, I didn't get to photograph this until today. This was my Valentine's Day present to my daughter, using her fine silver Sakura pendant, grade A round faceted rose quartz, and a gradeless (probably C, but nicely done) oval faceted rose quartz I got well over a year ago. The toggle is also Shiana hill tribe fine silver.

Debated some whether to string on colored beading wire, though the dull silver color of the Softflex used is unobtrusive in real life. Something lighter might end up looking dirty quickly. There is a new sterling silver Softflex beading wire out...if I do decide to restring, it will be on that (a trade-off; I've heard the sterling Softflex is stiffer than the regular one).

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7 comment(s)
February 15, 2008 8:50 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Wow, what a great present! I like how the strands twist around each other. I imagine there are some uses for lower grade gems. Sometimes the occlusions give a nice texture to the look.

February 16, 2008 3:25 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Yup...well, I do want to make better pieces this year. There's a surprising amount of complexity to it. It's a bit like programming in the sense, people look at the surface of an application; sometimes they can be very impressed with appearances. But I'm always thinking, what's behind it?

I went through two different handmade silver hook closures (and have two silver hooks lying there as a result), as well as a larger silver toggle. The balance has to be just right.

Sometimes you want a sort of rough look. I have some rough-looking freshwater pearls that look better than smoother ones. Or say you have an oxidized chain, you might want slightly flawed stones to go with that.

I'm still a bit fuddled what to do with your pearls. They're nice pearls, I'm just...fuddled.

Thinking of ordering some chain...for example, the oxidized silver chain. There's a big trend now for the oxidized look, and it's mostly just that, trendy, but I would like to do a bit of it. It can look nice.

Then thinking of a more textured goldfilled chain. I'm skipping the big-link chain trend. Next year you won't see it.

February 16, 2008 3:56 PM, Blogger Dain said...

I like the colors here. I find the combination of purpley blue, soft rose, and the creamy pearls particularly resonant in this gold setting. I'm not sure which stones, or which cuts would work best in an earring. But there's no rush, my ears aren't even pieced.

February 17, 2008 9:56 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

You're right. There is something special about pairing a rich gold with an intense color such as purple or blue.

February 19, 2008 8:08 AM, Blogger Carol said...

That is beautiful!
Lucky girl!

February 19, 2008 11:18 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...


February 21, 2008 11:02 AM, Blogger Dain said...

I bet you when other girls exclaim, she's like, yeah, my MOM made it. And all the other girls squirm in jealousy. ; )


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